Flooding here in the Midwest is something we have to contend with yearly. This year in many ways exceeds that of ’93.
In addition to sand bagging, many people have helped neighbors and relatives relocate as waters have risen. More water is on its way from planned releases from reservoirs up river. The continued rains add their share to the water level as well. There may be more people relocating as a result.
Some tips from Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to keep those helping flood victims safe. Above all keep your limitations in mind. Over fatigue can lead to sprains, strains, falls, lacerations, and — in this weather — heat related injuries. The water may be rising, but an injury can lead to you being a casualty needing assistance rather than you contributing to helping yourself and others. Take breaks, change up tasks, drink plenty of fluids, and wear protective clothing including gloves, hats and boots.
Area Community Emergency Response Teams have helped Saline and surrounding counties with sandbagging efforts. Thank you to all CERT and local volunteers who have come to the aid of their neighbors during this flooding.
Note: This article was submitted by CERT trainer Art Madden. For more information about the free CERT training course, contact Saline County Emergency Management Director Tony Day at 660-236-1955 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.