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Volunteers continue to beef up sandbag protection at Gardner Denver

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The threat of significant flooding is still very real here in the tri-states.

And it doesn't only cause havoc for homeowners, it also threatens some residents' jobs.

That's why Gardner Denver in Quincy organized a huge sandbagging effort Saturday to save the plant from flooding in the coming days. Over 100 volunteers from across the community formed makeshift assembly lines where they shoveled and bagged sand.

Many of the volunteers were Quincy University athletes like volleyball player Morgan Ebner, who says her team wanted to reach out and help the community.

"We wanted to make a better effort getting to know everyone and showing that we care about where were at," said Ebner.  

Gardner Denver Director of Operations Jerry Ludlum says if they don't protect their plant a flood could cause them to layoff workers.   

"It would affect a lot of families. We got approximately 80 hourly employees, another 30 salary people for the shop, plus another 200-225 upstairs."

Ludlum says they estimate they will need over 100,000 sand bags to protect their plant from rising waters or else operations would be stalled.

Ludlum says they have learned from past experiences that they need to be prepared for the worst.

"'93 they had big problems with that. I wasn't here at that time, but they said they had a lot of problems in '93."

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