Help Needed Emptying Iowa City Sandbags

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter


By Rachel Begle

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City hopes to get rid of the last of their sandbags this week. When the Iowa River began rising in May volunteers filled 50,000 sand bags that were placed in low lying areas around the city. Fortunately the waters never reached those bags, some were sent to Central City when they dealt with flooding two weeks ago. The remaining 15,000 have been collected , now the city is asking for volunteers to help empty them.

The city will then store the sand until winter, when they will use it to spread on icy roads. Initially the city had 165 truck loads of sand brought in to fill sandbags. Having the stockpile, will save the city money. Getting volunteer help emptying the sandbags will help the city reclaim some of what they spent on flood protection.

"A volunteer hour is about $16.25 per hour regulated by FEMA. Not only are we returning sand for use this winter that 165 truck loads of sand, we're also looking at we've got a FEMA declaration and we're able to use those volunteer hours as match money," said Carol Sweeting, Iowa City Public Works.

If you would like to volunteer and help the city empty sandbags you just need to show up at the cities street complex on 38-hundred napoleon drive Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 9:30a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to bring their own box cutter and to wear closed toed shoes. You do need to be over 14 to help out.

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