WEBXTRA: Marshall city officials talks about free sandbags for residents

WEBXTRA: Marshall city officials talks about free sandbags for residents

MARSHALL, Texas (KLTV) - It seems all Texas counties are not created equally, as least as far as terrain goes. KLTV talks with the city of Marshall’s spokesperson to find out why the city, and county for that matter, give out sand bags before big storms.

Marshall Communications Coordinator Stormy Nickerson says around Marshall, sandbags are a good thing, at times, anyway. She says it’s because they have:

“Many bodies of water including Caddo Lake in our area. Then there’s also some flash flooding and drainage areas in Harrison County and the city of Marshall that we’re still concerned about, and we’re working to correct,” Nickerson said.

So the terrain may have something to do with pooling water:

“In certain areas of the city, that do approach some of our homes. So there are some homeowners that already realize that there are needs,” Nickerson said.

And some residents apparently know that because:

“They actually cleaned us out within three hours,” Nickerson said.

But the city wasn’t stingy with the bags.

“Each resident was allowed to take ten sandbags,” Nickerson said.

The city wanted to be vigilant about protecting resident’s homes.

“We need to protect those homeowners. So our director of Public Works, Eric Powell, Professional Engineer, was prepared for that need, saw the need and made sure the sandbags were ready for them,” Nickerson said.

It’s not just the city, the county does it too, which is a good thing since there was backup by Harrison County Judge Chad Sims.

“And then when we ran out, Judge Sims provided so that then even Marshall city residents could go over and get bags from Harrison County,” Nickerson said.

And they will continue to provide residents with free bags if the weather looks wet enough. They sand by that decision.

The city of Marshall gave out 2000 sand bags before they ran out and asked for help from the county.

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WEBXTRA: Marshall city officials talks about free sandbags for residents