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Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: 3-1-1 Action Center, 311 or 816-513-1313

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2010

Storm damage being assessed, caution still needed

The City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Mayor Mark Funkhouser held a news conference on Sunday, July 11 at 2:45 p.m. in Clark Ketterman Park, 8100 East 107th Street to discuss the extent of the storm damage reported. The City has estimated a loss of over 1,000 trees and is still assessing damage, but would caution residents to stay clear of downed powerlines (report to: 1-888-LIGHTKC (1-888-544-4852)), water in roadways and downed trees or limbs, especially on structures which might become unstable. It may take a few weeks for the City to fully assess the destruction the storm has caused.

All available crews are currently clearing streets of downed trees and limbs. Multiple City departments have barricaded several areas throughout the City that have experienced flooding.

Due to the significant amount of debris generated from this storm, the City will be providing a special curbside woody debris pickup in the area bounded by 95th Street to the North, Raytown Rd. to the East, 119th Street to the South and Blue River Rd. to the West. The special pickup will begin Monday, July 19 at 7 a.m. Residents must have storm debris piled at the curb.

Residents may also bring storm debris to one of the City’s two drop off locations open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Raytown Road Site is located just south of I-470 on the east side of Raytown Road and the 1815 N. Chouteau Trafficway just south of the Missouri River. View maps and more information online at http://www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/PublicWorks/LeafandBrushDrop-OffSites/index.htm

Beginning Monday, July 12 residents may report downed trees in the public Right of way or other storm issues dealing with City services to the 3-1-1 Action Center by calling 311 or 816-513-1313 or online at http://webfusion.kcmo.org/coldfusionapps/ActionCenterRequest/RequestForm.cfm

Residents should stay indoors until this weather pattern passes through our area. If you are outside driving, and see water over the roadway or come upon barricades you should turn your vehicle around. Residents should keep tuned to their television, radio news stations and NOAA weather radios.

Follow these flood safety tips:

    - Never move barricades or attempt to walk or drive through flood waters.

    - Plan alternate routes to and from home in case your usual route is flooded.

    - Do not park your vehicle near streams, creeks, rivers or areas that are known to hold standing water.

    - Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires; electrocution is a major killer in floods.

    - Watch out for animals, especially snakes that have been flooded from their homes and may be lurking in yours.

    - If experiencing flooding in your home, be aware of possible natural gas leaks (water can put out pilots lights, then go back down)

Residents should stay aware, since flooding may happen 5-6 hours after the weather pattern has cleared. Safety of our residents is first priority. The Emergency Operations Center will continue monitoring and taking action as incidents occur until this weather pattern has passed.

Media inquires about this issue should be directed to the Emergency Operations Center at 816-784-9040.

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