Students Help To Protect The Community Of Redfield

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The waters are rising in the central and northern parts of the state as the snow starts to melt. Blunt, Lake Byron and Watertown are cities having many flooding problems. Redfield is also bracing for rising waters in creeks and lakes. KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes shows us how they’re bracing for flooding.

Students from several schools are pitching in to help protect the community of Redfield.

We are sandbagging to help Redfield there might be some flooding that’s going to happen, so we decided to come down here for a little bit and help them sandbag, Peyton Nelson said.

These sandbaggings are piling up across the community. 

Some are heading out into the county to different places along the creeks. Some are being taken to Redfield Lake. That’s where we think our biggest problem’s going to be tonight or tomorrow morning, Larry Tebben said.

7th through 12th graders are taking on various jobs to quickly fill sandbags.

I was originally a runner, so I went back and forth hauling sandbags, and then now I’m just filling them with a shovel, Elizabeth Salmen said.

It’s not just students helping out, people from all over the region are volunteering their time. 

Community organizations have been up here helping out. They’ve knocked out about 6,000-,7000 sandbags, Larry Tebben  said.

They’re all coming together to help a community bracing for flooding. 

Redfield officials say the flooding will crest either Friday or Saturday.

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