Sioux Falls isn’t the only city working round the clock to take all the necessary precautions for the upcoming flood. The community of Dell Rapids is preparing to see water running through their town.
“We are making a huge effort to make sure everybody’s prepared and make sure their homes their possessions and themselves are protected. Take care of our own,“ Tami Drew said.
Volunteers from Northwest Iowa Community College came up to help sandbag, as well. The process is fairly simple.
“So the truck brings in the sand then you dump it in the cones and then it goes into the bag and you tie it off and stack it,“ Logan Harbison said.
People in Dell Rapids aren’t just sandbagging — they’re distributing them as well.
“We have round the clock units sandbagging so that people that are coming on their own don’t have to waste time filling them. They can just get loaded and go. We have crews with mobile sandbag units that are going around and helping people actually brace up their homes,“ Tami Drew said.
Area schools are getting involved as well.
“We’ve got an amazing group of high schoolers and athletes from both Saint Mary’s and from the public school that have been working tirelessly, our coach Jorgensen has been bringing his classes out in a rotating schedule the last two days,“ Tami Drew said.
Whether it’s a first aid station or sandbags, Dell Rapids plans to make sure everyone’s taken care of.
“Everybody in this town has a very big heart, they love helping each other they take care of each other,“ Stacy Franka said.
Dell Rapids does have a flood Facebook page if you wish to donate, or need assistance.