Carroll weighs sending help for Midwest flood cleanup

August 04, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke and Greg Tasker | Kerry O'Rourke and Greg Tasker,Staff Writers

The Carroll County commissioners said yesterday that they are considering sending employees and equipment to help clean up when the floodwaters subside in the Midwest.

Meanwhile, Mount Airy officials plan to adopt a Missouri town ravaged by the floods.

The commissioners asked public works employee Patrick Hill to recommend how the county can best help. Mr. Hill, construction agreements coordinator, said he would like to travel to the Midwest to help.

"We should have some kind of program," Commissioner Donald I. Dell said.

The commissioners agreed to ask County Attorney Charles W. "Chuck" Thompson Jr. whether county insurance would cover employees when they worked in the Midwest and what the county's liability would be if an employee were to be hurt.

State agencies, too, are discussing whether to send people and equipment.

Cleanup crews may need front-end loaders and other heavy equipment to remove several feet of mud that will have settled when the water recedes, Mr. Hill said.

He suggested that the county adopt a sister city in a state affected by flooding, as Mount Airy is doing.

The county could choose a smaller county or town that might not receive help from other sources, Mr. Hill said.

Mount Airy residents met yesterday to organize efforts to adopt Alexandria, a small Missouri town at the confluence of the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers.

"The town is completely under water," said Mount Airy Mayor Gerald R. Johnson. "It has been for weeks. The mayor there visited his house Sunday and said the water was up to the eaves. The big task ahead is disposing of everything. There's not going to be anything worth saving."

Mr. Johnson said Alexandria residents need canned foods and boots. Money also is needed because the town is financially strapped, having already exceeded its $21,000 annual budget. The town has a population of about 500.

Money, clothing, shoes, blankets, small appliances, nonperishable goods and other donations for flood victims can be brought to the Carroll County Salvation Army office at 100 Railroad Ave. in Westminster.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer has asked each state resident to donate $1 to help flood victims. Money should be sent to Midwest Flood Relief, Maryland State House, Annapolis, Md. 21401.

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