A wise man once suggested [be being an engineer AND a relative] that one of my ongoing problems might be reduced or even eliminated by a few sandbags.
So, today one undertook to telephone to see where to get same. No more than a half dozen needed, with or without sand. Easy peasy.....
First call - County Emergency Preparedness. Nope. No sandbags. Need to call the Township.
First township number, local fire, totally befuddled, but tried to be helpful. No, nobody in her experience had ever asked for sandbags. She thought it might be the highway department and gave me two numbers.
Both were machines, announcing that their hours end at half past three in the afternoon.
Now it is Tuesday and I have tried a few more times. One Fire Department simply said "No idea" and hung up. Suggestions have included local potato farms or "sand and gravel places". One actually (untypically) helpful woman at the township level called every place at the township level she could possibly think of and suggested I try the county. I thanked her sincerely but had to point out that it was the county 'emergency prepardness' who had told me to contact the town.
Breaking the chain on my own, I tried a local Fire Department who had been helpful in the past. "Hey Murph, where would someone get sandbags to control flooding?" "Try a local potato farm". My copious tax dollars at work.
The local National Guard suggested "law enforcement section". Lowes sells "tube sand", whatever that is.