February 11, 2009 Edition

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Cleanup continues
in storm aftermath

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

Cleanup continues to be a focus in the aftermath of a record-breaking ice storm that crippled most of northeast Arkansas at the end of January.

Lawrence County mayors remind those who have downed limbs and trees to place the debris by the curbside for collection.

FEMA has authorized restitution to municipalities for the collection and disposal of the debris.

Mayor Michelle Rogers of Walnut Ridge asks that residents not place storm debris in ditches, as this will cause drainage problems.

ADEM collecting
storm related data

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has established a call center to collect data from individuals about the impact of the ice storm on their lives. The center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Specifically ADEM wants to hear from residents who have experienced problems with their homes as a result of the storm.

This includes damage to the structure from fallen trees and limbs, loss of accessibility to a residence due to downed trees and frozen water pipes that have burst and flooded the residence.

To report these types of problems call ADEM at 1-888-683-2336. Callers are asked to retry the call if they receive a busy signal.

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