Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City has contracted to provide trucks and front-end loaders Saturday, May 16 to pick up and haul away debris from two areas affected by last week's heavy rain. Residents are asked to have their debris at the curb by 8 a.m., and they will not be charged for this service. The two areas are:
"We know that many of our residents are dealing with time-consuming and costly cleanup efforts following last week's heavy rains," said Mayor Beutler. "To prevent health issues, we urge them to use this opportunity to throw out damaged furniture and household items that cannot be cleaned thoroughly." Beutler thanked City staff for arranging for the equipment. He said community resources are limited due to the volume of cleanup under way in the Lincoln area.
Mayor Beutler also encouraged residents to help those impacted by the flooding by donating to the Center for People in Need. The Center at 3901 North 27th Street will be open until 7 p.m. this evening and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to accept donations of these items: laundry soap, fans, bottled water and soda, personal care items, bleach and other disinfectants and plastic totes. The Center is also accepting financial donations online at centerforpeopleinneed.org and by check (write "flood victims" in memo line).
The Center will conduct a special distribution this week only for those in the voluntary evacuation area in the North and South Bottoms. The distribution is from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) will offer tetanus shots at the Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday. LLCHD staff will also be available at the center to answer questions about cleanup and mold.
For more information about tetanus shots for those involved in cleanup activities, call LLCHD at 402-441-8065 to speak to a nurse. For information regarding cleanup and mold prevention, call 402-441-8040. More information for those affected by flooding is available at lincoln.ne.gov.