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Free sandbags available for Helena Valley residents in case of flooding

Posted at 5:04 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 20:58:42-04


HELENA – Due to potential flooding threats, the Elkhorn COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) and the Salvation Army are reminding residents that sand and sandbags are available.

Representantives told MTN News the sand was donated by Valley Sand and Gravel and local LDS Charities paid to have it hauled to the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.

There are around 6,000 sandbags waiting to be filled. The bags are free of charge to anyone in the Helena Valley whose property is threatened by rising water.

According to Joe Wojton, Elkhorn COAD chairman, the county wants residents to protect the vital areas of a home.

“In the past, people have walled-off entire yards and parts of streets and everything else, and what the county is asking this year is protect the things, like doorways and your windows, places where water is going to get in your home is what they want you to focus and concentrate on,” Wojton said.

Shovels are not provided, but officials said if anyone needs assistance filling sandbags, they are more than happy to help.

-Reported by Christine Sullivan/MTN News