Woodbury County residents continue constructing levees and filling sandbags to put around buildings as they prepare for the Missouri River floodwaters. Woodbury County Emergency Manager, Gary Brown, says the residents know some buildings will be lost to the flooding, but they will continue the fight.
He says they know some of the levees will be taxed because they were build in a hurry, but they have built them with the help of the Corps of Engineers, and if they do lose one, they will not lose the overall fight. Brown says they have a special vehicle that can go through four to five feet of water to patch levees is needed. He says they will use it on a case-by-case basis.
Brown says it depends on the structure, its different base on whether it’s a private or public structure and how much water is up against it. The U.S. Coast Guard has a boat in the Sioux City area to be able to fight any fires that may break out.
By Josie Cooper, KSCJ, Sioux City