starts filling sandbags in preparation for spring floods
By Shauna Smith
April 9, 2006 | MILLVILLE -- The snow
is melting, the rivers are rising, and Millville is
preparing. Flooding is expected to be worse than last
year, says Gary Larsen, city maintenance superintendent.
"The problem is snow pack up in the mountains is not
going down," Larsen said. "It just keeps building up."
Larsen discussed flood preparation with the City Council
and all members agreed the city needs to take action.
There are already a few bridges around town that have
been flooded and it's not long until the floods invade
"Realistically, I think you guys got two or three
weeks," Larsen said.
The council plans on asking local youth groups to
help prepare by filling sandbags to be stockpiled for
when the floods come. The project will take place on
Also, the council approved the purchase of a new park
lawn mower. It will cost around $14,000 "and some change,"
said Larsen. By trading in the city's old mower it will
only be $3,000 out of pocket.