Help residents by signing up for a sandbag volunteer team

Andrea Justice/Copper Country News With more storms on the horizon, Gila County is encouraging residents to help out by signing up for a sandbag volunteer team.

Even if your home is on higher ground well above creek floodplains, you can help your lower elevation friends and neighbors who are scrambling this month to protect their properties from flooding and stormwater surges we’ve seen magnified in the aftermath of the Telegraph Fire.

How can you help? Fill sandbags at Gila County Public Works’ self-serve sandbag filling station. Even better, muster a team of 10-20 volunteers – coworkers at your business, or family and friends – and signup for a ‘team day’ spending 2-3 morning hours filling sandbags alongside Gila County Public Works staff. County staff have been working over the past month to fill more than 30,000 sandbags, stacking them 50 per pallet, and delivering those pallets to central locations around Miami, Claypool, Globe, Dripping Springs and Tonto Basin, for residents who are dealing with flash flooding. Gila County Public Works’ sandbag station is at the lot near the Russell Gulch Landfill turnoff, at the crossroads of Russell Road and Besich Boulevard. Local residents may stop by anytime, day or night, to fill their own sandbags. Empty bags and a big pile of sand are there free for all who need to prepare for flooding. Can you muster a team of 10-20 volunteers willing to work together, tie and stack 20-35 pound sandbags? If yes, please make sure to call and pre-arrange to schedule your group volunteer morning. Call ahead to make that arrangement, and Gila County staff will be there to run a front-end loader and sandbag filling machine for groups that pre-arrange a morning or afternoon.
How about your group or 10-20 family and friends? Here’s a great way to help, to volunteer right here in our community. 4H families were the very first group to volunteer, and they returned for another morning of volunteerism. Globe High School Tiger football players and Boy Scouts signed up for their day – Resolution Copper Company employees have mustered a team, Carlota and Freeport mine workers signed up for their day – City of Globe and Town of Miami staff, too. Globe CrossFit owner Greg brought his athletes over one morning – other local gyms would be most welcome to muster a team, too!
Groups usually start at 7 a.m. and volunteers are needed today, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday – or any weekday next week. To arrange a day for your volunteer crew, please  call or email Stacey – call 402-4336 or email  
[email protected]

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