Cooling Centers, Red Cross Shelter Open Monday

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Cooling Centers, Red Cross Shelter Open Monday

Post by GalindoP » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:22 am

Residents should be cautious of wires, burn ban continues
Cooling Centers, Red Cross Shelter Open Monday

Fort Wayne, Ind. – About 150 city workers and private contractors continue working to clear the streets of debris and power lines, in the aftermath of Friday's severe thunderstorm – which took down at least 500 trees and continues to leave nearly 60,000 area customers without power.

After having surveyed the damage of a storm that brought winds of up to 91 miles per hour through the city, Mayor Tom Henry said it may take about three months to clean up the debris.

"Our crews are still working to remove debris from streets and roads and restore traffic signals," Mayor Henry said. "We are opening drop off sites and eliminating fees to make it easier for residents to get rid of fallen trees and debris."

About 54 traffic signals remained non-functioning Sunday afternoon. Residents are reminded to treat those intersections as a four-way stop. At the end of this release is a list of traffic signals that are out as of 3 p.m. Sunday.
Crews from the Parks and Public Works Divisions, along with private tree companies, have been out all weekend, removing trees that are blocking streets and roads. Two major arteries – Bluffton Road and Ardmore Avenue -- are still closed, due to downed trees and/or power lines, but are expected to reopen yet today. Several other remaining major streets are expected to open tomorrow.

Because of overwhelming response to the disposal of tree debris at the City's Biosolids Facility, the center will extend hours of operation to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4th. Beginning Monday, there will be no fees at the Biosolids Facility. The facility is located at 6210 Lake Ave., just west of Maplecrest Road.

Trees and branches can be taken to four additional locations. They are:

Parking lot at Swinney Park Pool

Parking lot at Tillman Park, at the Tillman Road entrance

Parking lot at Shoaff Park, near Conklin Pavilion

The City of Fort Wayne will also begin picking up debris at the curb, later this week. A schedule for curbside debris pick-up will be announced on Tuesday.

Emergency and medical officials are asking residents to check on senior citizens, homebound residents or those with limited resources who may be stranded inside their homes, without phone service and without power.

If you find residents who are in such situations, you should 911 so that arrangements can be made to get them to the American Red Cross Shelter, which was opened for those who are not able to stay in their homes because of storm damage or an extended power outage. Residents can also go to the shelter to take a shower or get a hot meal. The shelter is located at the First Assembly of God Church, 1400 West Washington Center Rd., at Lima Road. Residents should enter door number 5.

Three City cooling centers will be open Monday, July 2 to provide relief to residents. Cooling Center locations and Monday hours are as follows:

The Community Center, 233 West Main Street, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jerry Fox Lifetime Sports Academy at the McMillen Park Golf Clubhouse, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jennings Center, 1330 McCulloch St., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents are reminded that the countywide burn ban remains in effect. Those caught burning brush or lighting unpermitted fireworks can be charged with a misdemeanor.

Residents are also reminded to stay away from all downed power lines.

To report sparking power lines, or trees or light poles that have fallen and are blocking streets this weekend, residents should call 911.

To report trees from the park strip that have fallen and are partially blocking a sidewalk or street, residents should call 311 and leave a message.
To report a power outage, residents should call Indiana Michigan Power at 1-800-311-4634.

City workers from the all divisions – including Parks, Public Works, Utilities, Police, Fire and Community Development – are assisting with the storm. This includes 311 call takers, who worked late Friday and on Saturday to return calls, and crews from City Utilities, Public Works and Parks, who worked overtime Friday and 12-hour days on the weekend to remove trees blocking streets.

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