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Estherville, IA residents begin sandbagging in preparation for floods

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (KTIV) – Many Siouxland communities are cleaning up from flooding, but some communities such as Estherville are now preparing for major flooding.

The flood warning for the West Fork of the Des Moines River has been extended until further notice in Emmet County as river levels are expected to keep rising.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday the river stage was at 12.2 feet which is 4.2 feet above the flood stage.

That’s caused minor flooding.

The West Fork of the Des Moines River is forecast to rise to 15.6 feet by Tuesday.

This would fall into the “major” flooding category.

That’s why community members are taking action by sandbagging near the river Wednesday.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to sandbagging.

When filling sandbags they should only be filled about halfway to three-quarters full.

This to allow the bags to take shape and not leave gaps when they are stacked.

When stacking the bags you place each consecutive bag on top of the unfilled region.

When you start the next row alternate the direction of the bags and stack like brickwork making sure the joints don’t line up.

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Leslie London

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