Are you in need of a few bags of sand? The city of Stillwater is giving away 60,000 slightly used filled sandbags.

“We are looking to see if there are any contractors interested in taking them,” said city Public Works director Shawn Sanders.

The sandbags will be hauled and stored in the North Main Parking lot and will be available for pick up now until Sunday, May 19 for anyone to take.

Sanders told the city council May 7 that work had begun on May 6 to remove the sand levy built along the St. Croix River. He said that work was scheduled to be completed by the end of the week.

About $384,000 was spent so far on the flood response, and Sanders told the council May 7 that he was meeting with representatives with the Department of Homeland Security on getting federal dollars to help pay for the costs.

“If all goes well, it will all be reimbursed,” Sanders said.

One concern that was raised by the council was if any of the sand used in the levy was contaminated by riverwater. If the sand was contaminated, the city would be required to dispose of the sand and would increase costs.

Sanders told the council May 7 that some of the levy was underwater near the Dock Cafe in the southern portion of Lowell Park. If testing on the sand finds it was contaminated, the city would need to take it for special disposal.

Contact Alicia Lebens at alicia.lebens@ecm-inc.com

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