Update from Tom Rodgers, Ottumwa Public Information Officer:
The Southern Prairie Red Cross has opened a cooling shelter at Evans Middle School in Ottumwa. Residents who are without power and need to cool down can stop in. Snacks and water are available. Persons in need of shelter due to storm damage can call (515) 243-7681 and a Red Cross representative will be there to help.
The City of Ottumwa has established a place to dispose of tree limbs. Residents can get rid of limbs and branches for no charge at the marked area at 550 Gateway Drive (the former Alliant Energy Shop). Loads being transported should be tied securely or covered. The site intended for tree branches only. Disposal at the Gateway Drive site is reserved for residents only. Contractors and commercial haulers should dispose of limbs at the Ottumwa/Wapello Landfill.
Tree limbs may also be disposed of at no charge at the Ottumwa/Wapello Landfill. The Landfill is open 7:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday, and 7:00AM to Noon on Saturdays. All loads going to the Landfill must be covered.
Residents with smaller amounts of tree debris can place those items out for the weekly curbside yard waste collection. Yard Waste collection south of the Des Moines River is on Tuesdays; collection north of the river is on Thursdays. Brush and tree limbs set out for curbside collection must be cut into 36" lengths, bundled and tied into weights of less than 50 lb. Limbs cannot exceed 3" in diameter. Smaller debris may be disposed of in the Ottumwa/Wapello brown paper yard waste bags. The bags cost $1 each and are available at most grocery stores. To ensure curbside collection, place yard waste at the curb by 4 AM on the day of collection. Yard waste may not be disposed of with general trash in your trash cart.
Information received from Tom Rodgers, Ottumwa Public Information Officer: A number of areas around Ottumwa are without power this evening in the wake of a powerful thunderstorm. Residents who need emergency shelter due to a loss of power or damage to their homes need to contact the American Red Cross at 1-515-243-7681. Officials have indicated that it may take 24 hours to restore power throughout town. Do not attempt to touch or move downed power lines. Drivers should be especially watchful for low hanging and downed lines. Residents are asked to check in on neighbors, especially the elderly or those with special needs, to help ensure their health and safety.City crews continue to work at clearing streets of tree debris. Motorists are asked to be especially cautious when driving around downed branches in the road.