NW Iowans on the Missouri River need help sandbagging


May 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SLOAN, Iowa (AP) — Residents of a riverside subdivision near the northwest Iowa city of Sloan are calling for help filling sandbags.

Sioux City television station KTIV reports that the work at River Woods subdivision is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock. Volunteers are asked to bring along shovels and gloves.

Sloan and other Iowa towns along the Missouri River have been preparing for more flooding. Water has already spilled over the banks in several low-lying areas along the river in Nebraska and Iowa.

In Omaha, Neb., the city installed flood gates Sunday to keep rising water from seeping into downtown.

The Army Corps of Engineers warns that the high water level and flooding issues will likely worsen over the next month as releases from upstream reservoirs reach historic levels.