Flood updates: All residents urged to attend Mills County town hall to discuss rebuilding efforts

Flood updates: All residents urged to attend Mills County town hall to discuss rebuilding efforts

A town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday for Mills County flood victims to discuss rebuilding efforts.

The meeting will be held at the GRC site, 111 Lacey St., in Glenwood.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration, volunteer organizations, and advocacy and emotional support groups will be available.

All residents are encouraged to attend, regardless of whether they intend to leave or rebuild. Dessert will be at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting and questions to follow at 7 p.m.

Help available to pick up orphaned containers of potential hazardous waste

Environmental regulators are offering to help the public remove containers that have washed onto their property and may contain hazardous materials.

Orphaned containers include propane tanks, drums and totes that may hold hazardous substances. Nebraskans are asked to report only containers larger than 20-pound propane tanks. If possible, include photos when reporting these objects.

To report a container, contact your county emergency manager or call the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality hotline at 877-253-2603.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has hired a contractor to pick up the containers.

Nebraskans are asked to report containers by May 3. For details or to report a container go deq.ne.gov.

Iowa flood advisory board’s first meeting is Wednesday

On Monday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the names of those appointed to a Flood Recovery Advisory Board, which was created to help coordinate flood recovery.

Among other things, the group will focus on building effective partnerships across federal, state and local governments with a goal of the state emerging stronger from the disaster. More than a dozen people, including state officials and representatives of business and agriculture, are on the task force, which meets Wednesday for the first time. Additionally, six working groups will examine finance, economic development, agriculture, workforce and housing, flood management and infrastructure and public health. Members of those groups will be named in the coming weeks.

Smithsonian to show how to salvage damaged heirlooms

You may be able to salvage family heirlooms or photos and books that were damaged by the flooding. Experts from the Smithsonian Institution and preservation professionals will host workshops on saving those treasures. The workshops, sponsored by the Heritage Emergency National Task force, will be at the local Disaster Recovery Centers in Iowa.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2014 290th Ave., Sidney; 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 111 Lacey St., Glenwood.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Harrison County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building, 800 West Huron St., Missouri Valley.

Disaster centers open for 3 counties and Santee Sioux

The State of Nebraska and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open disaster recovery centers in three counties and in the Santee Sioux Nation.

The centers’ locations and hours:

Boyd County: Spencer Community Hall, 108 W. Main St., Spencer. Opens Tuesday. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Howard County: Oak Street Manor, 222 E. Oak St., Dannebrog. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., over the next two weeks.

Stanton County: St. Peter Catholic Church parish hall, 1502 Ivy St., Stanton. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Santee Sioux Nation: Santee Health and Wellness Center, lower level, shelter room, 110 S. Visiting Eagle St., Niobrara. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on services, explain assistance programs and help disaster survivors complete or check the status of their applications. They also can provide referrals and help with appeals.

Two Iowa centers will close

The disaster recovery centers in Woodbury and Harrison Counties, Iowa, will close permanently, effective 7 p.m. Thursday. For a limited time, Iowans can still seek help at other Iowa centers. Iowans can seek assistance in a Nebraska center, though staff at those centers won’t have Iowa-specific information. To find other centers that are open, visit www.fema.gov/drc or call the help line at 800-621-3362.

Water is available for cleanup in Pacific Junction

Water service is being restored to Pacific Junction to help with cleanup. However, a boil order remains in effect indefinitely. Also, the sewage system is not yet functioning, so people are asked not to flush toilets or use drains.

Job assistance for Iowans

Iowans affected by flooding or who need unemployment assistance can go to an event Wednesday in Council Bluffs. The Pottawattamie County Disaster Response Event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave. IowaWORKS will help with unemployment claims and connections to other resources. People who are self-employed, farmers or business owners also are welcome to apply. Those with questions may call 712-352-3480.

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