FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2008
City addresses storm damage; offers targeted debris collection
Residents are asked to report damage to 3-1-1 Action Center
Crews from the City of Kansas City, Mo., are working to cleanup storm damage from overnight severe weather that primarily affected areas in the Northland. The most substantial damage occurred near 77th Street and Euclid Avenue and around 291 Highway between 109th and 110th streets. Highway 291 between I-435 and North Wallace Avenue is closed due to downed power and utility poles.
Public Works Department crews are currently running targeted debris pick-up routes in two effected areas, and will continue to collect debris in the areas Saturday and next week. The first targeted area is bordered by Gladstone, Mo., city limits on the south, Barry Road on the north, Troost Avenue on the west and Antioch Road on the east. The second area is subdivisions in the proximity of North Stark Avenue and 291 Highway. Residents are asked to separate organic materials (tree limbs) from household debris (roof shingles or home furnishings).
Employees from the Dangerous Buildings Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department are currently assessing buildings and homes to address safety issues. Public Works Department crews are clearing debris from primary and residential streets and expect to have roads cleared this evening.
The Fire Department has set up a command post at Northeast 109th Street and Donnelly Avenue to address the area between 112th Street to the north, 106th Street to the south, Manchester Avenue to the west and Stark Avenue to the east. The department has completed primary and secondary search and rescue operations in the area. No deaths or major injuries were reported. Three people sustained minor injuries. No one has been reported missing.
The Police Department will man a square block area near 109th Street and North Skiles Avenue until at least Monday morning or further notice. Residents must have proper I.D. to be allowed access to the area get their belongings.
Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood and Community Services departments will work throughout the weekend to assess property concerns and clear debris.
The City’s leaf and brush drop-off locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to help residents dispose of downed limbs from the overnight storm. The drop-off sites are located at 1815 N. Chouteau Trafficway (just south of the Missouri River) and 10301 Raytown Road (south of Interstate 470).
Residents using drop-off sites should remember:
- If you use plastic bags, you must empty them and take them with you
- No duct tape or wire
- No grass clippings or trash
- Proof of residency, such as a driver's license or water bill, is required.
The City is asking residents report property damage for information gathering purposes to the 3-1-1 Action Center at 3-1-1, (816) 513-1313 or e-mail at 311ActionCenter@kcmo.org.
Residents will be asked for their address, nature and severity of the damage and if they believe insurance will cover repair costs. The Office of Emergency Management will use this information to determine whether the City is eligible to apply for state and federal disaster assistance. The City will not respond to or take action regarding personal property damage, and state and federal assistance is not guaranteed. The Action Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the weekend.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Antioch Bible Baptist Church, 800 N.E. 72 St., to handle people who are dislocated due to the storm. The shelter will be open at least one night.
Kansas City Power and Light reports about 16,000 power outages in the city, which are expected to be restored later this evening.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center was activated at 7 p.m. last night and is expected to be deactivated today at 8 p.m., barring any further storms.
Power outages should be reported to KCP&L at (816) 471-5275 or Aquila at (800) 303-0357. The American Red Cross is available at (816) 931-8400.
Requests for removal of tree limbs from the rights-of-way should be directed to the 3-1-1 Action Center at 3-1-1 or 513-1313.