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Last Day of Sandbagging

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KEITHSBURG, IL – Today was finally the last day of sandbagging in Keithsburg, IL, after the flood took over parts of the city.

“People are prepared. It happens a lot in town,” says Josh Howard. Josh was named the Operations Leader for the Flood of 2014. He says this flood was less hectic than residents experienced in the past.

Howard says, “The good thing about having these prior floods is it improved our levy structure. With the water getting higher every year, we’ve been able to increase our levy and make it higher.”

Making the levy stronger all comes from the help of the Keithsburg community and beyond.

Volunteers and inmates were sandbagging today even though the river crested early in the morning at 22.62 feet, under what was expected. The city does not want to take the chance of being under water.

James Buster is a newer resident of Keithsburg. He has been sandbagging all week to support his new city. “This community really hangs together. We do a great job,” says Buster, “They’re all about saving the town.”

And it appears that they did save the town this year. An area campground and boat club are under water, but Howard says majority of homes are dry. They were able to give out warnings to homeowners early on.

Church groups, prisoners, outside community members and local organizations all chipped in to make the sandbags. It is the group effort that helps keep the city of Keithsburg above water year after year.

Howard says, “No matter how many times mother nature tries to wash us away, we’re still standing.”

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