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McCook Lake Residents Prepare for Big Sioux Flood

June 19, 2014, 6:00 PM by Kathleen Serie

McCook Lake Residents Prepare for Big Sioux Flood

In anticipation of significant flooding, people are sandbagging the homes surrounding McCook Lake in Sioux City. Homeowners are getting anxious that the work isn't getting done fast enough.

The Army National Guard is hard at work filling hundreds of sandbags, but with such a high demand, residents are waiting in line for hours to receive only 20 bags at a time. This is causing a lot of frustration for homeowners.

The flooding situation isn't new for people who live near McCook Lake. In past floods, residents came together to prepare sandbags as a community. But this time, the state has appointed the Army National Guard to do the work.

Residents of McCook Lake are hard at work preparing their homes for expected flooding of the Big Sioux, but some are being turned away from helping.

"We're very frustrated as a community. We've been through this before.  We've sandbagged before.  We're very good at it, we're quick and efficient at it, and they're turning all the public volunteers away," McCook Lake Resident Kathy Roberts said.

Roberts' home is right next to the area where water will pass into McCook Lake, and she says all she wants to do is help.

"I just want to make sandbags and save my community," Roberts said.

Ashley Caskey waited with her family for hours before receiving only 20 sandbags, which she says isn't enough to save a home from floodwater. 

"God bless our armed men, they're doing the best that they can, and they're working very hard as you guys can see and document.  But unfortunately, we have an entire community here that are waiting in line after line after line to get sandbags, and it's just not quick enough," McCook Lake Resident Ashley Caskey said.

Like most residents on McCook Lake, Caskey is worried about the future of her home.

"You hear everything from six inches to nine feet I've heard are expected to be in front of my house, and not to know what to expect is, is horribly terrifying," Caskey said.

A feeling shared by many as they watch the water rise into their backyards.

Thursday afternoon, some homeowners could be seen taking matters into their own hands by transferring dirt from their own backyards into sandbags.

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