Friday, April 28, 2017

Sand, Sandbags Available for Those Who Fear Flooding

The Sequoyah County Emergency Management office has sand and sandbags available for anyone who fears flooding over the next few days.

Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Management director, said the sand and sandbags are at the Sequoyah County Courthouse in Sallisaw.

The sand was delivered by the county commissioner, Rutherford said. On Friday, a volunteer was helping fill the sandbags, but if no one is available to fill the bags, citizens are welcome to fill their own. Rutherford said some shovels will also be available.

Rutherford said the last time he spoke to weather officials seven inches of rain was predicted for Sallisaw Friday evening and Saturday, while nine inches was predicted for the Fort Smith area.

Rutherford said several areas are vulnerable to flooding during heavy rains. 

“We have several areas in Sallisaw prone to flooding,” Rutherford said. “The last time we had flooding I took over 40 damage reports.”

For more information contact Rutherford at 918-776-3787.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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