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Posted on: June 17, 2008

[ARCHIVED] Press Release - 06/17/2008, 10:00 a.m.

Flood Debris Removal: Debris removal begins today generally in the areas of Central Avenue, Big Woods Road, Longview Street, Center Street and Joanne Street.

Sturgis Falls: The status of the Sturgis Falls Celebration will be determined in the next few days. Further announcements will be forthcoming.

Tetanus Shots: Free tetanus shots will be available at North Cedar Elementary School, 2419 Fern Ave., from 2 pm to 7 pm Tuesday, June 17.

Hot meals: There will be 200 hot meals provided at North Cedar Elementary School to residents affected by the flooding beginning at 11:30 am Tuesday through Friday, June 17-20.

Housing Assistance Survey: The City of Cedar Falls is currently trying to determine housing needs for people affected by the flooding. We do not know what will be available. It would be helpful to know exactly what the needs are as we work to figure out what can be done to provide temporary housing.

People affected by the flooding are asked to fill out the survey, which is available at North Cedar Elementary School, the Petro Express, 2228 Lincoln Street, and City Hall. People also may print the survey from www.cedarfalls.com and return it to any of these locations.

All other announcements from June 16th are still applicable as follows:

Assistance for North Cedar and Cedar City areas: Volunteers are needed to assist those affected by the flooding. People willing to provide assistance are urged to contact City Hall at 273-8600 and provide contact information and ways in which they are willing to help.

People in the North Cedar and Cedar City areas needing assistance may call City Hall at 273-8600 and provide contact information and type of assistance requested.

Supplies and Food: There are supplies, clothing, non-perishable food, clean up kits and water available at North Cedar Elementary School, 2419 Fern Ave., from 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Wednesday, June 16-18.

Debris Removal for those affected by the flooding: Residents affected by the recent flooding should bring their debris to the curb for removal. Removal will begin Monday, June 16.

Residents must place their debris on the curb in four separate piles as follows:

Household hazardous materials
Appliances
Large bulk materials (such as carpet, furniture) and bagged debris
Yard waste

Debris that is building materials, drywall, wood etc. may be left on the curb.
Smaller, loose material cannot be picked up so residents are asked to please place all debris in bags, boxes or containers.

Pubic Works Operations: The Public Works Complex was greatly affected by the flooding. The Transfer Station and the Recycling Center shall remain closed until further notice. Residents not directly affected by the flooding must take their own large pick up items and bulk refuse debris to the Black Hawk County Landfill located at 1509 East Washburn Road, phone number 296-2524. Regular refuse collection remains on schedule to the extent possible.

Water Conservation: The entire community of Cedar Falls is urged to continue to limit the use of water. The City’s sewage treatment plant continues to be stressed as the river levels are still above flood stage.

Please limit use of any water that “goes down the drain”. For example, this means do not take long showers, limit laundry and use the dishwasher sparingly. This request will continue until further notice. There may be a request for more drastically reduced water usage if there is additional rainfall.

Police Checkpoints: The Cedar Falls Police Department continues to conduct check points throughout the flooded North Cedar area after dark. Only residents and business owners will be allowed in the area after dark.

People must show identification and proof of address in order to be allowed past the checkpoint areas.

People are urged to report suspicious behavior immediately by calling 911 or Black Hawk County Dispatch at 291-2515.

During daytime hours, people who are not residents or business owners are urged to stay out of the North Cedar area.

City phones: All City buildings, with the exception of City Hall, are experiencing phone problems. Please be patient.

Recreation Trails: People are urged to stay off the bike trails. City staff continues to assess the condition of those trails.

Emergency Operations Center
319-243-2700

6/17/08 10:00 am

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