National Guard Helps With Local Flood ReliefPosted: Updated:
The National Guard has been deployed to the town of Lyme.
It's a traveling pack that has gone from flood area to flood area, trying to make a dent in the relief effort.
"It's a time to give back, especially with this need, and we're happy to do so," said Senior Master Sergeant Helen Crouch, New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing.
The governor has equipped them with some heavy machinery - a sandbagger meant to crank out the defenses against high water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
"It's a lot more fast, faster, more efficient," said Jefferson County Emergency Management Director Joe Plummer.
Jefferson County has been equipped with 140,000 sandbags.
St. Lawrence County received 30,000.
There is no quota to fill. The goal is to fill as many sandbags as possible.
In the town of Brownville, 6th graders from Sackets Harbor Central School rolled up their sleeves to make a difference.
"We need to do something about it to help people because if I lived closer to the water, it would have done a lot of damage to my house," said Kendell Bisbort, student.
There will soon be more federal help.
Senator Chuck Schumer has announced Army Corps of Engineers experts will be headed to Lyme and Ogdensburg to further assist with the flood efforts.