Rocheport volunteers and employees of the Boone Electric Cooperative gathered near Meriwether Café at the Katy trailhead Wednesday morning for a second sandbag effort to fend off edging floodwaters.

The initial effort, which lasted from Tuesday to Thursday of last week, ended after members of the community and neighboring towns rolled up their sleeves and stacked sandbags a foot higher than the forecast river crest.

Due to the continued threat of rising river levels this week, Rocheport citizens reached out on the community Facebook page Tuesday to recruit more volunteers to add sandbags to the existing barrier.

“We just put the word out on Facebook pretty much late yesterday, and we’re real pleased with the turnout,” Rocheport resident Diane Dunn said.

Boone Electric Cooperative provided its assistance by bringing in 30 employees and equipment, according to a news release  Wednesday morning.

With increasing river levels and a distinct musty smell in the air, volunteers diligently shoveled heaps of sand into green and white bags.

“I mean, I definitely respect the water,” volunteer Angie Rogers said. “I remember from the ’93 flood the smell of the floodwater.”

Near Meriwether Café, members of the Columbia chapter of Food Not Bombs, a global volunteer organization that provides food to the hungry, handed out snacks, water and meals to community members participating in the effort.

Robert Morrison, a member of the organization, said the meals were donated by Tellers, Bangkok Gardens and International Cafe.

Two large piles of sand remained near the Katy trailhead Wednesday afternoon. Efforts will continue “till the sand runs out,” Dunn said.

The Rocheport Missouri Facebook page posted an update Wednesday evening requesting more volunteers to continue the effort starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Supervising editor is Olivia Garrett.

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