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Meyer facility using new tool to fight back flood waters


In the town of Meyer, Illinois, sandbagging operations continued for a second day.

Most of the community is protected by a levee, but workers at the Ursa Farmers Co-Op facility are putting up extra protection along its portion of the riverfront.

For the first time, they're using Hesco sand panels, which are directly filled with sand.

Division Manager Terry Schlipman has fought back floodwaters before, but he says this one is different because of how fast the water came up.

"We had a couple days to prepare for it, in '93 we had a couple weeks to get ready. In '08 pretty much the same. But this thing here came so quick that we had to act pretty fast," said Schlipman.

Some roads south of Meyer are already flooded.

Authorities advise using extreme caution when driving anywhere near the river.

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