HENRIETTA – Long days of sandbagging for Hardin are extending beyond the community, Henrietta City Clerk Margie Long said.
She took phone calls inside Hardin City Hall while volunteers outside filled thousands of sandbags to address the threat of continued flooding from coming storms and upriver water releases from reservoirs and failed levees.
“We have 5,000 bags over there for us,” Long said, “and they have 20,000 more over here. They’re being trucked over (to Henrietta) right now.”
Harden City Clerk Patty Lam said sandbag organizers considered doing the work in Henrietta.
“We were afraid it would take too long to get it over there,” she said.
Community, Ray County Jail and the Air National Guard sent volunteers to Hardin. The 45 military volunteers came from Rosecrans Air Force Base at St. Joseph and Whiteman Air Force Base at Knob Noster to assist with bagging, Staff Sgt. Matt Carroll said.
“We were tasked to where they needed volunteers,” Carroll said. “You’ve got to take care of you’re people. That’s the reason we’re here.”
Volunteers at Hardin City Hall, as they have for days, prepared lunch for the sandbaggers inside while outside another flatbed truck loaded with bags headed east along Highway 10 toward Henrietta.
On the parking lot behind Henrietta City Hall, Eric Ellis and Kenny Veach of Taber’s Products Inc., a business in the city, used forklifts to position pallets of sandbags for quick access.
“We’re expecting 200 pallets over here,” Ellis said.
Taber’s is helping with the sandbag operation for the city, he said.
“They sent a couple of flatbed of pallets so (volunteers) could do all this,” Ellis said.