Flood updates: Hazardous materials in Mills County will be picked up Wednesday

Flood updates: Hazardous materials in Mills County will be picked up Wednesday
Corn stalks left over from floodwaters cover a van just east of Pacific Junction, Iowa. The evacuation order for the Iowa town was lifted after weeks of flooding. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Residents in flood-impacted areas of Pacific Junction and unincorporated areas of Mills County, Iowa, can have hazardous materials removed from their properties on Wednesday.

Any hazardous household waste should be in sealed containers and placed in the right of way, within 10 feet of the nearest road’s edge, Mills County Emergency Management said in a press release.

Property owners who can’t reasonably place the waste within the right of way can call the Mills County Engineer’s Office at 712-527-4873 to make other arrangements. The waste should not be placed where it might block or disrupt water flow through ditches, the county said.

The Iowa Department of Transportation has completed flood debris pickup for residents in the area. But another opportunity will be scheduled for residents who are still cleaning up, Emergency Management said.

Residents are encouraged to report displaced, “orphaned” tanks, drums or other containers found in flood debris using online forms on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources disaster assistance website.

Federal loans to Iowa residents and businesses top $25 million

Federal disaster loans have topped $25 million for Iowa residents and businesses impacted by flooding and storms March 12 to May 16, the Small Business Administration said.

The SBA said in a press release that it has approved more than $2.3 million for businesses and more than $22,700 for residents to help rebuild and recover.

Assistance is still available those affected in Fremont, Harrison, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Scott, Shelby and Woodbury Counties. People are encouraged to register before a July 1 deadline with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov.

The SBA said it will continue to provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants during open times in the affected counties.

David City receives $500 for disaster relief

David City, Nebraska, received $500 for disaster relief from the League Association of Risk Management, an insurance pool of 167 governmental entities across Nebraska, the organization said.

The funding was accepted at a recent City Council meeting. David City had applied for aid to help pay for gravel, rock and screened concrete needed for road repairs after Nebraska was pummeled with snow and flooding in March.