On Thursday, August 5, 2010, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published as part of its weekly electronic newsletter ‘EcoNewsWire’ an article notifying Iowans who have questions related to flood debris, sandbag disposal, well safety and the status of state parks.
As in 2008, the DNR created a one-stop website for flood information. The website 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 example, 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.