Spotted in the 1700 block of Chelsea on Monday afternoon — an electrical transformer surrounded by more than 200 sandbags.
Just a few blocks south of the ever-rising Wolf River, certain low-lying parts of Chelsea have already been closed off to traffic, with barriers constructed of sandbags and piles of rocks. The gates in the flood walls have been closed in many areas. While nearby residents worry about the potential damage to their homes from the water, it probably never occurred to many of us that another hazard would be shorted-out electrical equipment — at a crucial time when businesses and home-owners might need that electricity to keep pumps going.
I've never seen this done before, but have to commend whoever did the sandbag stacking here. It's a mighty neat job. I bet they made wonderful forts when they were kids.
What are we going to do with all this sand when this mess is over??