Sandbagged By The Deluge

Amid the flooded homes and ruined businesses in the Midwest, at least one industry is thriving: the sand supply business. In St. Louis alone, officials estimate, 850,000 sandbags have been tossed and stacked to stave off Mother Nature's watery assault. Lake County, S.D., has used 45,000 bags, and Dane County, Wis., has gone through some 70,000. In hard-hit Des Moines, the number is staggering: 1.5 million bags. That's 30,000 tons of the stuff--nearly 2,000 truckloads.

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