Navajo Office of Emergency Management trains on sand bag use

Created: 07/16/2014 5:04 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Whether it is a fire or a flood, residents of Crystal, NM are hoping to be ready.

“Preparedness is very important,” said Kathy Brown-Anderson, resident of Crystal, NM.

The recent Assayii Lake Fire left a large burn scar, near that town. Now during the summer monsoon, flooding could be a problem.

“Where I was working the other night I watched a flood come through after it rained really hard and it comes through quickly,” she said.

Just like the fire, flood waters can move fast and are dangerous.

“Especially when you have a lot of water coming down and you don't have enough time to decide what you can do,” Brown said.

One way to stop the flood is with sand bags but, it’s best to know what to do before you need to lay the sand bags.

“They are going to be affected by some sort of flooding in the next few months,’ said Donald Gallegos of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

That's why the Navajo Office of Emergency Management set up this training, led by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

“Sand bags are not the answer for all the flooding that’s going to occur, this is point protection basically,” said Gallegos.

Wednesday they covered the basics of filling sand bags and placing them to protect a home or water well.

“You want to be able to place them right in the direction of flow so that the sand doesn't spill,” Gallegos explained.

And after the training, residents hope to be ready.

“You have to get ahead of the game and be as prepared as possible,” said Gallegos.

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