Sandbag Demand Greater Than Supply, Emergency Officials Say

Sandbag Demand Greater Than Supply, Emergency Officials Say

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The demand for sandbags exceeds the supply.

That's the word from Jefferson County emergency services director Joe Plummer as his office tries to help people deal with flooding along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines.

National Guard members are working to fill sandbags by day and volunteers work during the evening, Plummer said in a release, but more volunteers are needed.

Local firefighters have been working for 15 days, he said, and fatigue is setting  in.

"This problem isn't going away anytime soon," he said, calling it "truly a neighbors-helping-neighbors event."

Anyone who wants to volunteer can report to the Chaumont Fire Station on State Route 12E in the village of Chaumont. 

Volunteers can work from 5 to 10 p.m. each evening.

Plummer also provided this guide from the National Guard (some of which is in the photo) on how to properly fill and place sandbags.

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