Kimmswick Sand Bagging – 6/27/2015

The town of Kimmswick, Missouri is a river town south of St. Louis on the Mississippi river. We went down there once to have lunch with the browns at the Blue Owl restaurant. The kids remember going there and are quite fond of it. We heard on the news that the flooding of the Mississippi river was putting the town in danger of flooding. They put out a call for volunteers to help sand bag. We’ve never sand bagged before but thought it would be a great way to help out in our extended community!

Red box represents a portion of the Mississippi river flooding.

Red box represents a portion of the Mississippi river flooding.

The map above shows a red box where the flooding is threatening the town. We’re sandbagging on Front street near the “R” of Restaurant.

When we pulled up, we didn’t quite know where to go. So we started walking towards the large dump truck emptying sand. The kids enjoyed watching it dump its load of sand!

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With the sand dumped, we walked on further to where we saw people bagging. After a bit, somebody explained what to do. It didn’t feel very organized, so we had to just step in and start. Danelle, Sonora, and Corvin spent their time filling up bags.

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I spent my time tying the bags shut and piling them up. I switched between two different groups as I was able to tie them shut faster than they could fill them. IMG_20150627_093346

Of course, I wasn’t just being serious, I had a bit of fun too!

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After a solid 2 plus hours, we were tired! We went over to where they were providing lunch for volunteers and enjoyed some nice food. Then we went back to see our good work before going home to relax.

Our orange bags go behind this wall to reinforce it.

Our orange bags go behind this wall to reinforce it.

This bridge is normally 20 feet or more above the river.

This bridge is normally 20 feet or more above the river.

Seeing the wall from the water side.

Seeing the wall from the water side.

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