Omaha Public Radio News
12:41 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Omaha needs volunteers for sandbagging efforts

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Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha needs volunteers for sandbagging efforts.

One city sandbagging effort began Sunday at Levi Carter Park. Another begins June 27th at the Interstate 3 parking lot. That's located between 18th and 19th streets at Cass and Chicago Streets.

Parks Director Melinda Pearson says the city needs volunteers age 19 and older to work on one of the three shifts: eight to noon, 12:30 to 4:30, and 5 to 8 PM. More information and a link to sign up is available at www.cityofomaha.org/parks. Pearson says they hope to have 250,000 sandbags available to protect public property.

The Missouri River rose one foot from Monday morning to Tuesday morning and is now at 32.8 feet. Assistant Fire Chief Dan Stolinski, spokesman for the Missouri River Unified Command, says they continue to monitor Abbott Drive and use supplemental pumps to remove water from that road.

Omaha has 32 pumps on standby in case of standing water in the city due to Missouri River flooding. Another 18 pumps have been ordered for a tank farm near Eppley Airfield.