City officials pleased with flood mitigation

Published 4:11 am Saturday, September 25, 2010

A front-end loader dumps dirt into the back of a dumptruck Friday morning during cleanup of the temporary berm laid in front of Austin Packaging. - Eric Johnson/

Austin residents who have sandbags or belongings that were damaged by the flood can place the items on their curb sometime next week to be picked up by the city.

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City Council met for an emergency meeting Friday afternoon to approve the pick-up of flood-damaged materials from the homes of Austin residents; Mayor Tom Stiehm and council members also declared a local emergency so that the city can receive government assistance in flood clean-up efforts.

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In the past, the City of Austin has offered free pick-up of flood-damaged materials. Public Works Director Jon Erichson said the city will most likely begin pick-up on Monday and Tuesday. He said it is very important that residents get their damaged items to the curb so the city can pick it up in a timely manner.

Erichson also said that for how high the water levels are throughout town, there is little known damage so far.

“Property acquisition has been very significant,” Erichson said, referring to the city’s flood mitigation efforts. Erichson said past mitigation efforts have played a large role in keeping this flood under control.

Stiehm said he is impressed with how well residents have been handling the flooding.

“I’m amazed at the way our community handles these things,” he said.