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Sikeston center of sandbag operations

Thursday, May 5, 2011

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On Wednesday, members of the National Guard were busy loading sandbags onto trucks to be shipped to Caruthersville and other communities. Jill Bock, Staff
SIKESTON - Truck after truck pulls away from the gates at the Jaycee Rodeo Grounds. Some are filled with sand. Others are loaded down with already created sandbags.

Each is a truckload of hope that Southeast Missourians will be able to keep the flood waters at bay.

The sun was shining brightly on the 80 National Guardsmen working Wednesday to fill the bags. After more than a week at their work, the men had the routine down.

The Guardsmen used Bobcats to scoop up sand, taking it to a machine provided by the Corps of Engineers. The machine automatically loads each bag with the correct amount of sand and sends it down a belt into the hands of a waiting Guardsman. He passes the bag back to another citizen-soldier who ties it and tosses over his shoulder.

Another Bobcat takes the bags away to be loaded on flatbed trailers to be moved where needed.

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