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Florence offers free self-serve sandbags

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

With rain predicted to continue for four out of the next five days, and local rainfall already at record highs, standing water and runoff accumulation has closed streets and area roads, as well as created flooding in neighborhoods.

To help alleviate some of that flooding, a self-serve sandbag station has been set up by Florence Public Works for residents wishing to block potential flooding around homes and access ways. The sandbag site is located at the north end of the Florence Public Works building, 989 Spruce St., off of Highway 126.

Public Works is currently utilizing a large six-inch pump to drain water in various trouble spots, including 18th Street where a seasonal wetland has become a small lake due to saturation by record rainfall since October.

The city also has two other, smaller pumps and is looking into renting additional pumps until area flooding subsides.

The self-serve sandbag station includes a brown metal locker that contains empty bags that residents can fill. The city advises to bring shovels and to remember that filled sandbags can weigh as much as 40 pounds.

For more information or to report flooding, call Florence Public Works at 541-997-4106.

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