Volunteers Work Hard, But More Sandbag Help Needed

Volunteers Work Hard, But More Sandbag Help Needed

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The Chaumont Fire Department needs more help to keep up with the demand for sandbags to help prople protect their propertes along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

A plea for more help went out Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night only a handful of volunteers were filling sandbags.

The demand is taking its toll on volunteers fighting high water levels. 

Chaumont Fire Chief Fred Jackson says they need to fill at least 30,000 sandbags this week. 

Winds up to 25 miles per hour are expected Wednesday and more rain could be on the way. 

These extra bags are needed to stop water from eroding property along the shore. Eleven thousand sandbags were used just Monday alone. 

The volunteers we spoke with say they are out here to just help out their neighbors.

"They can sit there and fill a sandbag or they can dig," volunteer Jennifer Stafford Brown said. Just come on out, I mean, the more the merrier, I mean we have a great time while we're here. I can tell you in the last two and a half weeks I have met some amazing people that I didnt even know existed in this town that have just came out to help." 

"You know there is a lot of heart in this pile here, I'll tell ya, t's phenomenal," Jackson said. "If I told them they had to stay here until midnight, they'd stay here until midnight, but they are getting tired and we have to get them a little bit of downtime."

Jackson says 62 volunteers filled 4,700 bags Tuesday and more help will be needed throughout the week.

Volunteers will be filling bags from 5 to 10 p.m. every night.

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