Sandbag Helpers Still Needed in Nunda Township

A second message has come from Nunda Township Trustee Mike Shorten:

“Thanks for the response yesterday.

This is one of the bagging operations at the Nunda Township Road District Facility.  They have a machine that helps fill the bags, which is operated by volunteers and road district employees.  Once the bags are filled they are sealed and then stacked on to pallets which are transported to homeowners affected by flooding.

This is one of the bagging operations at the Nunda Township Road District Facility. They have a machine that helps fill the bags, which is operated by volunteers and road district employees. Once the bags are filled they are sealed and then stacked on to pallets which are transported to homeowners affected by flooding.

“Between efforts Wednesday and yesterday over 16,000 sand bags have been created, but the need is still great as the Fox River in not expected to crest until sometime on Saturday.

People needed not only the fill the sandbags, but also to tie them.

People needed not only the fill the sandbags, but also to tie them.

“If you have time

  • this afternoon/evening or
  • any time on Saturday,

they need willing and able volunteers to help with the process of making bags and loading them on to pallets for delivery to residents and any amount of time that you can donate will make a huge difference in the efforts.

Once the sandbags are filled and tied, they are put on pallets.

Once the sandbags are filled and tied, they are put on pallets.

“We need people that can lift but also need those who can just help tie the bags closed one they are filled.

The pallets are loaded onto trucks.  Note that the sandbagging machine has four shoots.

The pallets are loaded onto trucks. Note that the sandbagging machine has four shoots.

“IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO HELP, please forward this message to your friends/family/neighbors that live in the area and that will be help enough.

GOP Primary opponents Road Commissioner Don Kopsell and winner Mike Lesperance have a common enemy now--the rising Fox River.

GOP Primary opponents Road Commissioner Don Kopsell and winner Mike Lesperance have a common enemy now–the rising Fox River.

“No need to call just go to the highway department offices at 3518 Bay Rd. in Crystal Lake, IL. Mike Lesperance, who will be sworn in as the new Highway Commissioner on May 20th is managing the efforts.”

The second photo is one that I took from the street in front of a house where I delivered a pump.  The picture is of the front door of the house and where you see water reflecting the light is where the driveway would be.  The owner had to bring out a canoe to transport the pump to his house because it is surrounded by water and the house is protected only by the sandbags at this point.

The second photo is one that I took from the street in front of a house where I delivered a pump. The picture is of the front door of the house and where you see water reflecting the light is where the driveway would be. The owner had to bring out a canoe to transport the pump to his house because it is surrounded by water and the house is protected only by the sandbags at this point.

And the Fox River is continuing the rise, as you can see from the U.S. Corps of Engineers Algonquin Dam data below:

The gauge at the Algonquin Dam on the Fox River shows

The gauge at the Algonquin Dam on the Fox River shows the river at over three and one-half foot above flood stage fifteen minutes before 4 PM on Friday, April 19, 2013.

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Photos were sent by Mike Shorten and Cindy Lesperance.


Comments

Sandbag Helpers Still Needed in Nunda Township — 2 Comments

  1. Great effort tonight! Thanks to McHenry County Blog, the Northwest Herald, Star 105.5 and the United Way Volunteer Center for getting the word out!

    More work to be done tomorrow starting at 8am!

  2. A big things goes out to all our residents, township employees and community leaders that were and are involved in helping provide relief to those homeowners that have been effected by this event.

    Nunda Township is the best!

    Take that Bob.

    Jim Schlader

    Interim Township Supervisor

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