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Oakville scrambling to keep up after running out of sandbags

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Residents in Oakville are scrambling to fill thousands of additional sandbags after the town ran out.

Town council member Dale McLeod said about one dozen homes still need to build dikes to protect from a deluge of water from the Hoop and Holler breach. The water is expected to hit by Monday at the earliest, McLeod said, and volunteers are pitching in and working as quickly as possible to shore up the dikes.

Flood Fight

A sandbag machine was expected to arrive in Oakville Saturday afternoon.

"We're running out of bags," McLeod said. "We've been going through about 100,000 (bags) a day."

McLeod estimates about 70 homes in the area have already built sandbag dikes.

Resident Bob Moore said he feels frustrated his Oakville home is facing an onslaught of water due to the deliberate breach. About 50 volunteers helped to build a dike around his home Saturday morning.

"I'm a little disappointed because I think some of us are being sacrificed for others," he said, before hurrying off to join the assembly line of baggers.

Others breathed a sigh of relief that they could stop wondering when the province would make the deliberate cut.

"I don't think people are as nervous as they used to be," said Roy St. Lawrence. "It's a relief they let the water out this morning."

jen.skerritt@freepress.mb.ca

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