Sandbags available for Helena Valley residents due to flood threats

Posted at 3:58 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 20:33:10-04

HELENA— With upcoming flood threats, the Elkhorn COAD and the Salvation Army are reminding residents that sand and sandbags are available for those in need.

Representatives told MTN that the sand was donated by Valley Sand and Gravel and local LDS Charities paid to have it hauled to the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.

There are many sandbags available, 6000 are sitting in place waiting to be filled.

The bags are available free of charge to anyone in the Helena Valley whose property is threatened by rising water.

Joe Wojton, Elkhorn COAD Chairman said, “The one thing that they want you to do this year, that the county is asking that you do, is to protect the vital areas of your home. In the past, people have walled-off entire yards and parts of streets and everything else, and what the county is asking this year is protect the things, like doorways and your windows, places where water is going to get in your home is what they want you to focus and concentrate on.”

Shovels are not provided but officials told MTN that if anyone needs assistance in filling sandbags, they are more than happy to help, free of charge.