Berm protected Blunt from flooding

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019 4:10 pm

Blunt Mayor Bryce Chambers says that the berm that has been constructed along the east side of town has “saved every house in town.”

“As of now, everyone except for one house south of Highway 14 that got water in their basement is high and dry,” he continued. “I’m overwhelmed by the help and support we’ve got.”

The support the community has received runs the gamut from people physically lending a hand building the berm and filling sandbags, to deliveries of food and water, to trucks and equipment from surrounding farms and businesses, to hay for plugging culverts, to an observer from the air alerting officials to leaks in dams surrounding Blunt.

“We’ve assembled 10,000 sandbags in a matter of just four or five days,” said Chambers. “We’ve got kids as young as five years old working alongside our 80-year-old senior citizens as one team”

“It’s been phenomenal,” said Chambers. “I can’t even begin to thank everyone who pitched in to build a mile long wall in six hours. It’s just unheard of. We had a three foot tall packed solid berm in a very short time. It was quite an ordeal. I wish I could thank everybody, but we’ll have to settle for a general thank-you in order to not overlook anybody.”

Lauding the efforts of the Blunt Rural Fire Department Chambers says “half of them don’t even live in town. I’m speechless, but that’s small town community, it really is.”

Chambers acknowledges that the costs for the flood prevention measures are yet to be tallied, and speculates that many who contributed materials might not even submit a bill.

“We have no idea of cost, and we don’t care,” said Chambers. “It seems like it’s something we go through every year, and every year, we’re more on the ball. The overall support we’ve gotten is overwhelming. How can they work day in and day out? We’re probably not even going to receive a bill for some things, but we’ll track them down and get them paid. I love them – they’re all neighbors, part of the community. They didn’t have to help, but they did. They’re just working nonstop, absolutely nonstop.”

“I don’t even know how you begin to thank all these people, but I’m going to figure out some way. We might have to have a huge community picnic sometime this summer, just not during harvest.”

Another element of averting the flooding was to dig a diversion ditch. “Some of that went on private property, and all the property owners told us to ‘do whatever you gotta do,’” said Chambers.

Chambers says even as they’re heaving a “sigh of relief, we’re still going all going out to check lines again. We’re not going to give in. We’re pretty stubborn in this little valley.”

Chambers says that the water from the Medicine Creek – which is well above flood stage – has gone down, but another surge is expected later in the week.

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