On Friday, Mills County Emergency Management Director Larry Hurst provided an update to The Opinion-Tribune on the latest flood situation during a five-hour tour and assessment of the Missouri River levee systems and lowland flooding in western Mills County. Hurst said roads and agricultural fields are being lost daily as surface waters rise.
The water level of the Missouri has dropped slightly this week, but Hurst said potential rainfall forecasted for the Missouri River valley in the next few days could bring the river back up and worsen the surface water flooding situation in Mills County.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to hear and see a portion of an interview conducted with Hurst Friday afternoon at the Mintle's Landing recreation area in western Mills County that has been overtaken by Missouri River flood waters.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO FILL SANDBAGS FOR FLOOD PREVENTION IN MILLS COUNTY
Due to ongoing flood concerns in Mills County, Mills County is in need of additional sandbags for use by the vevee and drainage districts and to stockpile for needs by the city of Pacific Junction, city of Glenwood and Mills County.
Please consider volunteering to help fill sandbags on any of the next three Saturdays. Dates and locations are listed below:
Saturday, July 9, 2011 – 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Mills County Engineer’s Office, 403 Railroad Ave., in Glenwood.
Saturday, July 16, 2011 – 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Pacific Junction Fire Station
Saturday, July 23, 2011 – 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Pacific Junction Fire Station
To assist us in scheduling and tracking our volunteers, we will begin to use a new method requiring an on-line sign-up for all volunteers as well as registration for each volunteer event you are interested in participating in. Those without computer access can contact us at 527-4231 for assistance. To complete your volunteer sign-up and activity registration, please access the Mills County Flood website at www.millscoia.us “Flood 2011.” Go to the website to register for and view volunteer opportunities for flooding in Mills County. At this point, you can select what day/shift you would like to help with and register. You will be prompted to enter your contact information as part of this process.
Please remember that sandbag volunteers need to be able bodied, wear close toed shoes and bring the following items – gloves, water, bug repellent and sunscreen. Extra shovels would also be appreciated.
Each of our locations will have restrooms, air-conditioned break areas, beverages and food; however, all sandbags are filled outside. Youth under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult to assure safety. Call 527-4231 for additional information.