With the landfall of hurricane Florence expected Thursday evening, a company in Dubuque is sending sandbags by the truckload in an effort to help.
"We’re just looking to make sure we do the best for everybody,” said Tony Goodmann, a shipping and logistics coordinator for Quincy Bag Company in Dubuque.
An estimated 10 million people are expected to see full the force of hurricane Florence.
With storm surges of up to 12 feet and torrential rains expected, there’s a likelihood of massive flooding. People have already been stacking sandbags in the Carolinas. Two million of them coming from a company a thousand miles away.
Quincy Bag Company in Dubuque is joining the effort to help.
"This isn’t even the half of it,” Goodmann said, “There’s companies all around the country doing this."
Truck after truck is heading to North and South Carolina .
With a warehouse close to the action, Quincy Bag is sending as many as they can.
"The Florida warehouse is not going to be more than 10 hours to the farthest location,” he said.
Quincy Bag isn’t just a wholesaler of the bags like those used commercially on construction sites. They also handle sandbags, an item desperately needed in times of natural disasters.
They’ve been coordinating deliveries with retailers such as Lowes and also with emergency management officials to supply the hardest hit areas.
Now they’re just hoping their helping hand offers a little peace of mind to those in the hurricane’s path.
"You know, it’s going to be a tough time for everybody so we just really hope that the damage is minimal as possible,” Goodmann said.
The president of the company Kate Farber told KWWL over the phone they are still coordinating trucks to send to the east coast, a process she said can be complicated.