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More help needed for Scott County sandbagging efforts, officials say

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BLUFFS, Ill. (WGEM) -

In Scott County, emergency operations opened up Monday for sandbagging efforts, but crews say the response so far simply isn't enough.

Crews began sandbagging at the Bloomfield site, just south of Bluffs on Illinois Route 100. While some volunteers arrived ready to work, officials say more help will be needed if they are to protect precious land and homes in the area.

The Illinois River is expected to crest at 28.5', just shy of the all-time record of 28.7'.

Sandbagging efforts were also in full force to protect property.

"Homes, I-72, the South Jacksonville water supply, their wells are in our district," said Scott County Drainage Commissioner Randy Dolen.

Dolen says there haven't been many community volunteers and at this rate water will spill over. So extra help was brought in.

"The Department of Corrections is here filling and IDOT is here transporting," he said.

Other help - besides IDOT crews and inmates - came in the form of college athletes from Macmurray College. Basketball player Cole Busch says they spent the whole day working.

"We're a small community out here and our team gathered along with the soccer team and thought we would do what we could to help," he said.

He says the situation has become a very harsh reality.

"Our volleyball coach actually lives in Beardstown and she just got told, she was out here and she just got told she needs to evacuate and so she had rush back. It just made today real," he said.

Dolen says they'll be filling sandbags again Tuesday at the Bloomfield site and they still need volunteers to help.

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