Volunteers sandbag in Bellevue

More than 50 people showed up to help with sandbagging efforts in anticipation of major flooding in Bellevue. 

Volunteers from Papillion, Omaha and Lincoln helped fill sandbags in an attempt to prevent the Hawthorn Loop Levee from breaking.  Six dump trucks delivered sand to fill 5,000 bags.

Sarpy County Deputy Chief Jeff Jones came to lend a hand and says, “It's just one community trying to help another community.  We know they'd do the same for us if it was Papillion that was having issues.”

Most of Hawthorne Park is already under water, so in the dry parking lot across the road, volunteers and the NRD teamed up to save the rest of the park.  Brian Henkel works with NRD and says he was happy to help.  “It's part of the job of everybody at the NRD to help out where they can when we have flood measures.  We'll need everyone to help.”

Daniel Musselman brought some friends to help out.  “I saw it on the news and grabbed a couple of guys and came out to do some shoveling.”