County prepares for floodingMembers of the public and the Civil Air Patrol lent a hand Saturday at the Stark County Shop, filling sandbags for the county and the public’s use in the event of flooding.
Members of the public and the Civil Air Patrol lent a hand Saturday at the Stark County Shop, filling sandbags for the county and the public’s use in the event of flooding.
About 500 sandbags were filled as of about 11 a.m. Saturday, said Brent Pringle, Stark County emergency manager.
The sandbags will be used around the county in the event of flooding, but the public may come to the county shop and take as many as they feel they need, Pringle said.
If other counties are in need of filled sandbags, Pringle said the county is more than willing to share once Stark County is taken care of.
Pringle said he was happy to have help from members of the community.
“Anytime we can get help from the community it’s great,” Pringle said.
Gladstone residents Jamie and Tom Hetzel, also of the North Dakota Civil Air Patrol Roughrider Squadron, said they felt good about helping out at the event Saturday.
“It’s part of what we do, help out in emergency situations,” Tom Hetzel said.
“It seemed like a good idea and would be helpful,” Jamie Hetzel added.
Pringle said the risk of flooding is still minimal, and will depend on whether the area receives additional precipitation.
If there is a need to fill additional sandbags, Pringle said another bulk sandbagging event may be held at a later date.