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Commissioners trying to get aid to those in need

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pictured from left, Mason Hanners, 13, and Mark Hanners of Scott City and Derek Burleson and Garrett Burleson, 8, of Benton, load filled sandbags at the Scott County highway department to take to Commerce. Scott Welton, Staff
BENTON -- Scott County Commissioners hope to have a device this evening to help volunteers fill sandbags faster.

Commissioners Dennis Ziegenhorn and Donnie Kiefer met in the County Commission room for only a couple of hours Tuesday before joining Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger at the county highway department complex a couple of blocks away in Benton.

"There's nothing going on but water," Ziegenhorn said.

Burger was filling in for Norman Brant, Scott County highway department superintendent, by manning the highway department's phones and radio and coordinating the department's efforts.

"We're trying to get sand to people that need it and rock to roads that need it -- which is about all of them," he said.

The county has provided bags and sand to fill them with but officials are calling for volunteers to come do the filling.

"We don't have the manpower," Ziegenhorn said.

Kiefer said the county delivered both sand and sandbags to the Chaffee Nursing Center on Sunday and Monday and, since then, to "various other locations throughout the county" including locations in Chaffee and the Caney Creek area.

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