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.
|The damage to the Sugar Tree levee was discovered during a flyover on Tuesday.|
|A Carrollton cabinet maker was asked to build a wooden style funnel that could ease the process of filling bags with sand.|
|A full bag of sand weighs 2 to 3-thousand pounds so loaders are used to manuever each sack.|
|The sand bag is pulled out from under the funnell. Another piece of equipment is then used to lift the bag off the pallet.|
|The operation was set up on a family farm in south Carroll County near the damaged levee.|
|Once a bag is full and out of the way, the process begins once again.|
|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.|