INFORMATION FOR FLOOD 2016

Linn County Emergency Management (EMA) Flood 2016 update

September 30, 2016

Linn County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is continuing to compile damage assessment information from the recent flooding and inclement weather.  Initial damage reports from damage assessment teams covering rural Linn County, Palo and Cedar Rapids indicate most properties classified as affected or minor damage, such as water in the basement. Major and destroyed classified properties are used in determining Federal Assistance Declarations.

Properties assessed in Cedar Rapids, Thursday 9/29:

 

Not affected: 35

Affected: 2

Minor: 10

Major: 0

Destroyed: 0

Inaccessible: 5

 

Properties assessed in Palo, Thursday 9/29:

 

Not affected: n/a

Affected: 22

Minor: 13

Major: 1

Destroyed: 0

Inaccessible: 3

 

“Assessments are continuing and hopefully will be completed by today,” said Mike Goldberg Linn County Emergency Management Director.

 

Representatives from Linn County EMA, State Homeland Security Emergency Management Department (HSEMD), and Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) will be starting to conduct damage assessment tours of affected residential and commercial properties for the purpose of Federal or Individual Assistance information gathering.  Tours for Individual Assistance will begin next week.  Public Assistance tours will be the week of October 10.

 

Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) Guidelines for single family dwellings:

 

Affected:  minimal damage to the structure and/or contents

Minor: damages may be repaired within 30 days making the structure habitable

Major: significant structural damages requiring longer than 30 days for repair

Destroyed: structure that is a total loss

A FEMA Damage Assessment guide can be found at  http://homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/documents/county/COORD_PDA_FieldGuide_2014.pdf

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Linn County Emergency Management (EMA) Flood 2016 update

1:30pm  9/28/2016:

The Cedar River in Cedar Rapids is still in the major flooding category.

The Linn County EMA continues to assist communities with logistics support, damage assessment and building inspection.  Tours by joint damage assessment teams are under discussion with Iowa State Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Linn County EMA is working with Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster (LAP-Aid) on recovery needs.

 

The HESCO barriers protecting the Linn County Sheriff’s office are being removed.  That facility received seepage in the basement and a sump pump was installed to remove the water. The Sheriff’s Office remains closed with essential services (Patrol, Communications, and Administration) relocated to the Marion Police Department.

A sump pump is taking care of the seepage of the sub-basement in the Linn County Courthouse.  Flood protection on the island will continue until the water level is below 16’.

Palo:

The Cedar River is slowly receding, with water currently surrounding approximately 35 parcels.  There is still limited water use due to sewer main breaks.  Palo City Hall is currently advising residents on reentry procedures with Linn County Planning and Development assessment teams in Palo to conduct preliminary damage assessments.   The mandatory evacuation area continues to be access controlled until all preliminary damage assessments are completed.   The National Guard is still assisting local law enforcement at those access points. Volunteers are still requested for sandbag removal and may contact Palo city hall at (319) 851-2731.

Red Cross Shelters:

The Red Cross continues to maintain two shelters in Linn County:

Cedar Hills Community Church 6455 E Avenue NW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405 (319) 396-6608
current census: 83

St. Paul’s Methodist Church 1340 3rd Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 319-363-2058
current census:  50

 

Linn County Roads:  

Linn County Secondary Roads Department continues to monitor and open or close County roads depending on water levels.

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

Bertram Road from Mt Vernon Road to Blue bridge

Bertram Road from Berry Road south to sewer plant

Burlingham Road at Buffalo Creek bridge (bridge 406) (Will remain closed due to bridge approach damage)

Cedar River Road from Hwy 30 to Hwy 1

Cedar Ridge Road: 4694 Cedar Ridge Road to 4741 Cedar Ridge Road

Chain Bridge Road east of Shae Drive to end of road

Dix Road: 5636 Dix Road to south to end of road.

Ellis Rd From Covington Road to Edgewood Road

Ivanhoe Road from  Hwy 1 to ¼ mile east of Pleasant Hill Rd and to west ½ mile

Lewis Access between Palo and Center Point

Matsell Park Road:  from 3697 Matsell Park Road to north of Matsell Bridge Park entrance

McClelland Road from Sailor Road to ½ mile south of Day Road

North Alburnett Road: 5410 North Alburnett Road to north to end of road

Old River Road from Hwy 30 to  C St

Otis Road from 44th St to Bertram Road

Paris Road From Sutton Road to just east of Wapsi bridge (bridge 981)

Rogers Road from Covington Road to Gardner Drive

Sutton Road  at Wapsi bridge (bridge 762)

Wapsi Banks Road 1,400 feet east of Boy Scouts Road to 1.5 miles east of Boy Scouts Road

Waubeek River Road in Waubeek

Valley Farm Road: from 5055 Valley Farm Rd south  to Pinicon Ridge Park entrance

Sailor Road from McClelland Road to ½ mile east of McClelland Road

 

REOPENED:

Anderson Road at Buffalo Creek bridge (bridge 2070)

Coggon Road 2,000 feet east of Troy Mills Road for 0.2 miles

Gard Road from Walker Road north for  1500 feet north

Linn-Delaware Road Just west of Buffalo Creek bridge to just east of Buffalo Creek bridge

Wapsie Y Road: 2033 Wapsie Y Road to 2071 Wapsie Y Road

 

For an interactive map of road closures, visit www.linncounty.org and click on Road Closures – Map.

 

Linn County Public Health Reminders

Be Aware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Residents are reminded to not operate generators inside their homes.  Generators should be placed a minimum of 20 feet away from the exterior of a structure and any open doors and windows.  If you feel sick or dizzy, go outside to fresh air immediately. If carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. High levels of CO inhalation may cause loss of consciousness or death. Improper use of gas-powered generators and other power equipment while cleaning up after a flood can increase the risk of CO poisoning.

 

Tetanus Vaccine Guidance for Flood Clean-Up Effort

Individuals injured while working in flood water are at an increased risk for tetanus infection. Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria that can get into the body through broken skin, typically through injuries from contaminated objects. Exposure to flood waters alone does not increase the risk of tetanus. Individuals do not need a tetanus booster due to being exposed to flood water.

 

Residents who are injured in flood water and received a tetanus vaccine more than five years ago should seek proper medical treatment and have their tetanus immunization status reviewed. Vaccinations are available at the Linn County Public Health. Please call 319-892-6093 for questions or to schedule an appointment.

 

www.linncounty-ema.org

Twitter:  @LinnCountyEMA

CLEAN-UP

For more information on flood debris disposal please see the links below from the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency.

Flood debris disposal information – click here

Flood debris disposal guide – click here

From the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency:
 
a guide with tips for how to use sand around your home so not all of the sand that was used to keep flood waters back, or the sand that was not used, ends up at the landfill

CEDAR RAPIDS

Cedar Rapids 2016 Flood Information

 PALO

Drone footage from Mike Batz

Cedar River is slowly receding, with water currently surrounding approximately 35 parcels. There is still limited water use due to sewer main breaks. Palo City Hall currently advising residents on reentry procedures with Linn County Planning and Development assessment teams in Palo to beginning home inspections. The mandatory evacuation area continues to be access controlled until all home inspections are completed. The National Guard is still assisting local law enforcement at those access points. Volunteers are still requested for sandbag removal and may contact city hhll at (319) 851-2731

PER CITY OF PALO:

Palo Residents if you are removing your sandbags we ask that you take dry sandbags to Palo City Community Center parking lot 2800 Hollenbeck Road and place in the marked location. Sandbags impacted by flood water will be moved to another location to be determined and communicated later today.

Palo Residents if you are removing your sandbags we ask that you take dry sandbags to Palo City Community Center parking lot 2800 Hollenbeck Road and place in the marked location. Sandbags impacted by flood water will be moved to another location to be determined and communicated later today.

Palo Volunteer Needs

We are working to coordinate volunteers and residents needing help for sandbag removal/assistance moving items. We are looking for groups to help with following shifts. We are in need of manpower and trucks to assist with the removal. If you are a Palo resident that would like help please call City Hall at 319-851-2731 to let them know your needs, address, and we will get volunteers to assist. Volunteers will check in at Palo City Hall located at 2800 Hollenbeck Road Palo, Iowa 52324

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