Jackson County Prepares For Potential Flooding

June 15, 2011 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – To help prepare for potential flooding in areas of unincorporated Jackson County, 25 individuals who are a part of a work release program through the State of Missouri will be deployed to the area on Thursday, June 16, 2011. These 25 individuals will take the place of National Guardsmen who were originally scheduled to assist in flood preparation.

Due to the release of high volumes of water at the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota, it is expected that portions of the Missouri River could reach flood stage near the towns of Sibley and Levasy in northeast Jackson County. 

Workers will report to Levasy City Hall (103 Pacific Ave, Levasy, Missouri) at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday. 

In addition to the individuals in the work release program, volunteers are still being sought to assist in filling and moving sandbags. Those interested in volunteering can call 816-806-9559.

Volunteers should prepare for the weather and work conditions, bringing with them gloves, sun block, bug spray (access to the Missouri River levee is via tall grass), heavy-duty boots and hats. They should have the ability to lift 40-pound sandbags. Food and water will be provided.

Sand and sandbags will be provided by Jackson County Public Works. 

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