Davenport, MidAmerican Energy Company discuss storm response Tuesday
DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Davenport officials and MidAmerican Energy held a joint press conference Tuesday to discuss the storm damage recovery.
Officials with the City of Davenport announced cleanup is expected to continue for several days.
Assistant City Administrator and Public Works Director Nicole Gleason said, “The public should understand the debris trail from the storm is widespread and significant.”
“It will take time to collect everything,” said Gleason.
Davenport officials said solid waste collection is cancelled for Tuesday, citing that the city is prioritizing clearing roads for travel and supporting power restoration efforts.
“Collection will be one day late for the remainder of the week, with Friday collection occurring on Saturday,” wrote city officials in a press release.
According to officials, Davenport Public Works, police and fire departments responded to hundreds of calls for service immediately following the storm and worked overnight to assist MidAmerican Energy with power line dangers.
City officials said at a morning briefing with Scott County Emergency Management, MidAmerican Energy officials said power restoration could take up to three or more days due to ‘widespread and significant damage’ to the energy network.
Officials said crews will begin to collect private tree debris placed at the curb after roadways are clear, but said it could be several days before private tree debris collection is able to begin.
Davenport city officials said yard waste bag pickup will be sticker-free through Aug. 28 to assist with cleanup. Officials said, “All small debris should be placed in the appropriate yard waste bags and property owners should do their best to bundle brush for efficient collection. Limbs placed for collection should be no longer than 5 feet or weigh more than 50 lbs.”
City officials also warn of traffic lights that may still be out. They encourage residents to treat intersections with dark signals as a four-way stop and ask people do not drive around barricades.
The city urged residents to beware of predatory contractors, including roving, out-of-town individuals who go door-to-door to solicit services. Officials recommend you do the following when considering a contractor:
- Take time to check references or otherwise vet any contractor. Ask for proof of the contractor’s licensing and insurance. To verify building licenses you can call: 563-326-7745. To verify license for tree care companies you can call: 563-326-7715.
- For damage to overhead power lines at homes or businesses, check with your utility or local building department to determine who is responsible for cleanup.
- Anyone with questions about damage to their property should contact their insurance company.
For more information on the city’s storm response, you can visit their website by clicking here.
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