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Forest City residents filling sandbags to hold back recent flooding

Over 100 people came out Sunday night to fill sandbags

Posted: Jun. 25, 2018 7:15 PM

FOREST CITY, Iowa - "You don't want to really see your city washed away in a storm or something."

Billy McCloskey is a Forest City native who helped with the sandbagging effort Sunday night. But he wasn't alone.

At least 100 people came out to the city shed to help bag sand, a process that took approximately 4 hours.

He was surprised by the overwhelming turnout, and the range of people that pitched in.

"There was...younger people that were out there, there was a lot of older people that were still out there. Lot of people I didn't expect to see out there because of either their age or you would think there was stuff going on at their place, they were out there still helping."

He also wanted to help give back to his hometown.

"I'm actually an Eagle Scout for Forest City, and that's one thing, in my opinion, it's one of my things that I feel not only obligated to do, but I feel that it's something is the right thing for me to do. Be out there helping the community."

For those who need sandbags, they are at the city shed just behind Shopko off Highway 9 and Golf Course Road.

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