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Flood of 2010

August 6, 2010

DNR offers information to help Iowans clean up

DES MOINES — If you’ve been flooded and have questions about debris or sandbag disposal, well safety or the status of state parks, the DNR can help.

 As in 2008, the DNR created a one-stop Web site for flood information. The Web site includes a guide to disposing of flood debris and dealing with flood impacts in ag and rural areas, precautions around asbestos and other timely information. Log on to www.iowadnr.gov/flood.html for information that can help in flood recovery efforts.

 For instance, homeowners need to separate different kinds of materials as they clean up after the flood. Hazardous materials, appliances and electronic goods should be placed in separate piles when they are put on the curb or the waste hauler may not pick up anything.

Guidelines for people who draw their drinking water from a private well are also available. If the well is in a flooded area, the water should be tested to make sure it’s safe.

Most important, people should avoid contact with flooded rivers, especially in the Maquoketa River where the major wastewater treatment plants have been affected. Checking recent DNR press releases will provide updated information on parks, campground availability and boating conditions.

 The information, as well as contact information for local DNR offices, can be found through the DNR’s home page at www.iowadnr.gov.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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