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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 7, 2002, 1:45 p.m.

Storm response update

--The Storm Debris Removal Task Force expects to complete debris removal from City roads by the end of today. It is estimated that one million yards of debris will be collected during curbside pickup, which begins Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 a.m. The task force estimates that debris removal will cost the City between $8-12 million, and disposal will cost from $4-6 million.

--The Public Works Department estimates that damage to City streetlights is $900,000.

--The Action Center completed 170 damage assessment forms called in by citizens. Fifty-one percent of citizens calling had no insurance.

--Traffic signals at some minor intersections are still not working properly. Portable stop signs are being used at those intersections. Citizens are asked to use extreme caution when approaching intersections.

--A total of 884 people were sheltered by Kansas City, Mo. facilities since Thursday, Jan. 31. The highest number of people sheltered for one day was 155 on Sunday, Feb. 3. Today there are 51 people in the shelters. Because of the dwindling use, the City community centers serving as shelters are being consolidated at another site. The Gregg/Klice, Tony Aguirre, and Hillcrest community centers will no longer serve as shelters. Brush Creek Community Center will remain open tonight and will close Friday. All those needing shelter will be moved to the American Red Cross shelter at the Trinity Lutheran Hospital facility.

--Special needs citizens (handicapped, low-income, etc.) are urged to contact the following social service agencies for assistance with problems related to the ice storm: American Red Cross, (816) 931-8400; Salvation Army, (816) 471-4337; and the Mid-America Assistance Coalition, (816) 561-2727.

--The City’s Emergency Operations Center will close at 5 p.m. today. (MEDIA INQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE CITY COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE, (816) 513-1349.)

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