ASCE exec: Sandbagging offers "very good chance" to avert flooding

06/18/2008 | Google

Workers in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri are racing to build up levees with millions of sandbags to prevent the spread of devastating floods as the Mississippi River continues to rise. The Army Corps of Engineers has created "battle maps" showing which levees are most in danger of overflowing, and current weather forecasts have 27 levees on the list. Though the sandbagging effort is relatively low-tech, it could offer "a very good chance to provide flood protection for the people that live along the river," Larry Roth, ASCE's deputy executive director, told the Associated Press.

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