As farmers and other area residents came together this week to fix the Sugar Tree levee, so did thoughts of how to work efficiently. Levee District Secretary Wayne Smith explains what happened.

Wayne Smith

The north side of the Sugar Tree levee sloughed off earlier this week.

The damage to the Sugar Tree levee was discovered during a flyover on Tuesday.

Workers pour sand into the bag.

A Carrollton cabinet maker was asked to build a wooden style funnel that could ease the process of filling bags with sand.

Each bag is set on a pallet before sand is dumped in.

A full bag of sand weighs 2 to 3-thousand pounds so loaders are used to manuever each sack. 

The heavy sand is lifted off the pallet.

The sand bag is pulled out from under the funnell.  Another piece of equipment is then used to lift the bag off the pallet.

Each bag is moved to a location away from the assembly line.

The operation was set up on a family farm in south Carroll County near the damaged levee.

The pallet is set back in place to use again.

Once a bag is full and out of the way, the process begins once again.

Full sand bags were set aside before being loaded on a trailer and moved to another location for helicopter pick up.

The so called staging area is lined up with hundreds of bags.  Each sack was loaded onto a trailer and transported to another location where helicopters could maneuver.  150 sandbags were placed on the levee one at a time by a Blackhawk helicopter.