Sandbagging operations are underway in Sioux Falls. Hundreds of volunteers are signing up to fill sandbags at Sherman Park for their neighbors in need.
People are digging in and prepping for more flooding in Sioux Falls.
“Being a plumber, I’m used to digging trenches. This ain’t nothing for me. Just another day at work,” Augustad said.
Alex and Jillian Augustad’s home near 12th and Sertoma took on water this past week.
“At some point you just got to laugh about it and say there’s nothing you can do. There’s nothing you can do. It’s a disaster,” Augustad said.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined the bike trails looking like that and the Sioux River. Crazy,” Jillian said.
Every person who drives in here is given 25 bags to put sand in themselves. If they’re unable, there are volunteers here to help.
Skyler Loewenberg and a handful of employees from his company set aside time to pitch in.
“It’s just something that you’ve got to do. If you have the time or the energy or the ability to do it then why not help someone else who can’t,” Loewenberg said.
Born and raised in Sioux Falls, he says he’ll do what he can to protect it.
“This is the most water I’ve ever seen. It’s crazy to me. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Loewenberg said.
“If you’re on the flood plain, it’s time to prepare. That’s why the sand is here,” T.J. Nelson said.
T.J. Nelson with the City of Sioux Falls says he’s not worried about running out of sand and hopes volunteers keep filling in the gaps.
“Sioux Falls is a strong, resilient community. We’re going to get through this together. It’s time for people to step up and help their neighbors. Check on your neighbors. Ask if they need help,” Nelson said.
You need to be 16 or older to volunteer at the sandbagging site. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday.