Volunteers needed to help fill sandbags as City of Ithaca hopes to avert more flood damage

January 10, 2014

Community members are mobilizing volunteers to help area residents fill sandbags, says City of Ithaca alderperson Deb Mohlenhoff. Ithaca is offering free sand and sandbags, but residents are responsible for filling and transporting them.

Sandbags in a 2007 Chicago flood. Photo by Amy Guth under Creative Commons attribution license.Sandbags in a 2007 Chicago flood. Photo by Amy Guth under Creative Commons attribution license.Miranda Phillips, volunteer coordinator at Sustainable Tompkins, asks volunteers to sign up for a time slot online. The Fall Creek resident says volunteering to help neighbors fill or move sandbags for even an hour or two will make an enormous difference. City facilities staff will be on hand to assist, as well.

The Ithaca Department of Public Works has sand and bags available from 9am-6pm Friday and Saturday at 245 Pier Road, next to the Streets and Facilities salt storage barn, beyond The Haunt on Willow Avenue.

With rain expected to begin around noon on Saturday, Phillips urges area residents to come Friday if possible, or early Saturday, and get sandbags in place by noon on Saturday. "If your street was recently flooded, please strongly consider placing sand bags around your basement stairwell and basement windows, piled one foot high, requiring probably 2 or 3 sand bags per stack. Also strongly encouraged to do this is anyone who typically gets water in their basement within a few blocks of Fall Creek."

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