VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Kevin Laycock is one of dozens whose property was saved by sandbags. However, now they just sit in his yard.
"I'm hoping the city or someone will come pick them up. I'm not sure on that one," said Kevin. "It stopped it from coming all the way up into the house. So if it wasn't for the sand bags, we would have gotten flooded out just like everybody else."
While his property may not have flooded, Kevin is like everyone else in one way, these sacks of sand now sit as unsightly sediment.
"Once the sandbags are put in place, it is their responsibility to get rid of them," said J.D. Kesler from the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency.
Kesler has been asked numerous times who is going to take care of the bags now that the flooding is gone. The answer is always the same: you.
However, it's important to note their disposal has some catches. If they sit in contaminates such as fuel or sewage, they will need to be taken to a county landfill.
Also, the sand used for bags is usually not high quality so you won't want to put it in your child's sandbox.
The simplest way to get rid of them is to put them to use stopping future flooding.
"Put soil over it, plant it, seed it," said Kesler. "Put grass on it, plant flowers on it and it will kind of alleviate that problem of always having to sandbag and then getting rid of the unsightly sandbags."
This means these lumps on the landscape can serve as saviors for years to come.
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