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Flood Cleanup

Flood-damaged carpet sits curbside on Saratoga Court in Mason City on Monday. Large item pickup for flood-damaged items will occur the same day and time as residents' normal garbage pickup days next week. 

City officials will start picking up flood-damaged items next Monday, according to Interim City Administrator Kevin Jacobson.

According to a news release, flood-damaged items will be picked up the same day and time as residents' normal garbage pickup days. Residents are urged to place their items curbside — which can include carpet, appliances, hot water heaters, TVs, furniture and other household items.

No stickers are required for flood-damaged items, and pickup is free for residents, according to Jacobson.

City officials ask that paints and chemicals and paints should not be set out, but boxed up and taken to the Landfill of North Iowa. 

Flood response operators have taken 197 requests for cleanup or damage reports, according to the news release. Christian Disaster Relief, Inc. will send three four-man crews to Mason City, starting Thursday. They will help clean basements, and residents are urged to answer their phones when those crews need access to their homes. 

Those crews will have ID cards and most of their cars will be marked with magnetic signs. Trinity Lutheran Church is also assisting with clean-up.

The Mason City Flood Response Center is still taking calls regarding clean-up and damage, according to the news release. It is open until Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Residents are encouraged to keep trying if they hear a busy signal.

The numbers are: 

494-3546

494-3547

494-3543

494-3544

Those interested in helping with volunteering can call Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve O'Neil at 641-421-3665.

Contact Steve at 641-421-0527 or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.

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