Volunteers scramble in sandbagging efforts in Clarksville

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 6:32 PM

(KMOV) --Officials are seeking help from residents, volunteers to assist in sandbagging efforts in Clarksville, Missouri.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help sandbag along the Mississippi River. The effort is being coordinated through AmeriCorp St. Louis and the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Officials warn that sandbagging can be dirty work, and includes heavy lifting. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No one below the age of 13 will be allowed to volunteer with the effort.

To get involved, please check in at the Volunteer Reception Center located at 108 Howard Street. Those interested can also go online to see what volunteer opportunities are available.

The organizers have shared a few guidelines for volunteering. They include wearing closed toe shoes, wear rain gear and wear warm layers.

Workers should also bring sturdy shoes, long pants, work gloves, and a headlamp. It has been recommended that volunteers have an updated tetanus shot.

News 4's Russell Kinsaul is in Clarksville working to gather the latest information. Check back for more information on News 4 at 6 and on KMOV.com.

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