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Sandbagging And Packing Up To Leave

It's repetitive but necessary work.

Thousands of sandbags were needed in Plattsmouth to try and hold back flood waters.

Mike Nash happily volunteered to help.

"I thought I could do something more than pray," he said. "And I was happy to get the opportunity at least to get off work and be able to do this."

"Now is when they need the help because that water's going to be coming and its going to get high."

Working alongside Nash is 15-year-old Jim Drake.

He became a volunteer through social media.

"My cousin texted me last night and he was like 'hey do you want to go and help out?' and i said sure." he said.

This is Dominic Tilson's second day of volunteering.

The 18-year-old lives in Plattsmouth and is glad others are helping out.

"Your helping other communities and stuff and you're making sure that people are taken care of and that makes you feel good inside and I guess that's what other people can look for," he said.

A few miles down river at Lake Wa-con-da people are going to have to make a decision,...whether to stay or go.

The river is already pushing against the levee and more water in the river could be a disaster.

Neila Balfour has spent her summers here since the 1960s.

"It was kind of a shock and we were in panic for a whole day and then we buckled down and decided what we needed to do and got some storage units and started packing up everything, she said.

Family provided most of the help.

The big question here is will the levee be able to withstand several months of water and pressure.

"We've got to prepare for the worst case scenario because we're taking everything we can...everything," Neila said. "Appliances anything we can get on our trucks."

Neila says this could be a summer to remember but for all the wrong reasons.

"If it gets as bad as they say it could, it'll cover all the one story houses," she said.

A plea for volunteers on the Iowa side of the river as well.

Anyone wishing to help sandbag this weekend is being asked to meet at the Mid-America Center just off Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs.

Sandbagging both Saturday and Sunday starts at 8 am.

Volunteers must check in and bring their own gloves.


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