Rising river spurs call for sandbaggers

Volunteers fill sandbags in Clarksville, Mo.

Residents of Perry, Naples, Rushville, Hamilton, Meredosia and Niota, Ill. and in Macon County and LaGrange, Mo. are looking for volunteers to help sandbag.

Perry, Ill.

Sandbaggers are needed at the Danny Myers farm at the junction of county roads 5 and 21 about five miles east of Perry.

Hamilton, Ill.

The city of Hamilton, Ill. is asking for volunteers to help fill sandbags to fight flood waters.

Volunteers are asked to report to the south end of the boat harbor at Wildcat Springs. Please bring your own gloves.

Quincy, Ill.

Central Services director Martin Stegeman said that there is currently no sandbagging operations in the city of Quincy as of 11 a.m. Friday. â??We are not opening any sandbagging operations at this time,â?? Stegeman said. â??If there is a need for that, we will put out a call to the media to do that.â?? Quincy officials fielded numerous phone calls wondering whether there is an ongoing public sandbagging.

Marion County, Mo.

Bleigh Construction and officials established a sandbagging filling station next to Highway 168 and County Road 413 close to the South River Pump House between Hannibal and Palmyra.

Naples, Ill.

The Village of Naples would appreciate any help sandbagging that you can provide.

Sandbagging will begin just after Noon on Saturday, April 20. Volunteers are asked to meet in the Evandys Boatel parking lot before going over the levee.

Please bring a shovel if you can.

Sandbagging is to support the Village and its residents.

Rushville, Ill.

Rushville began the filling of sandbags on Saturday, April 20 at 8 a.m. at the Schuyler County Fairgrounds, Livestock Barn #1.

The National Weather Service has predicted the Illinois River will crest at 29.8 feet near Beardstown on Thursday April 25th. This flood threat has the potential to affect the public water supply of the City of Rushville.

Rushville, with the assistance of local and state agencies are working together to mobilize manpower and materials to begin work immediately.

Anyone who is wishing to volunteer in the effort is asked to report to the Schuyler County Fairgrounds. Please bring a shovel and work gloves.

Meredosia, Ill.

Disaster declarations have been signed by the Village of Meredosia, the County of Morgan and the State of Illinois. Sandbagging operations began in Meredosia on Friday, April 19.

Anyone available to volunteer is to report to the Village of Meredosia Park on Main Street. Volunteers should be dressed for the weather with protective footwear and gloves will be helpful.

The hours of sandbagging will begin at 9 a.m. in the park.

Niota, Ill.

Over in Niota, Ill., resident Phyllis Frey said the water is beginning to creep into the town. Crews are bringing in sand to ensure that the town stays as dry as possible.

Volunteers can gather in the township building on the extreme southeast corner of Niota.

Able's Quick Stop along 3rd Street in Louisiana, Mo. closed due to rising water. The station is located in a low-lying area that's prone to flooding when the water gets high.

"They're moving their inventory out right now," Louisiana building inspector Kent Adams said. "We have some construction sites and they're moving their equipment."

Adams suggested that anyone who lives in low-lying areas or in the flood zone to evacuate as soon as possible.

"Our lower end of town, we can't sandbag it because it won't do any good," he said.

Clarksville, Mo.

Volunteers are also needed to help with with sandbagging in Clarksville, Mo.

AmeriCorps St. Louis and United Way of Greater St. Louis organized volunteers in Clarksville. They are asking anyone younger than age 18 be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No one younger than 13 is able to volunteer for safety purposes. You can find out more details or sign up by going online to United Wayâ??s volunteer site.

A volunteer reception center is set up at 108 Howard St. in Clarksville.

Keokuk, Iowa.

Volunteers are needed to help with sandbagging in Keokuk, Iowa on Sunday morning.

Volunteers can meet at 8 a.m. at D Street and William Street to start sandbagging.

Guidelines for volunteering:

- Wear closed toe shoes

- Wear rain gear

- Wear warm layers

Items to bring:

- Sturdy work boots or shoes

- Long pants

- Work gloves

- Headlamp

- It's recommended that you have an updated tetanus shot

Anyone with news of sandbagging operations through the Tri-States can email notifications to

or call 217-222-6206.