Debris Removal, Longmont Flood Information
11/18/13 - Flood Debris Colection Ends November 4
The City of Longmont will end neighborhood flood debris waste collections in the affected flood areas on Monday, November 4, 2013. Please place your remaining flood related debris curbside or in the roll-off container in your area before November 4.
If you are in need of additional disposal services after November 4:
- Contact local private waste haulers for service or dispose of your materials at the landfill.
- Dispose of yard waste materials at the city’s Waste Diversion Center for no charge.
- Drop off paints, solvents and chemicals at the Boulder County Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility (720-564-2251) for no charge.
For additional information please call the Public Works & Natural Resources call center at 303-651-8416, Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm.
10/02/13 - Public Works Operations Picks Debris
We are canvasing the neighborhoods that were affected and picking up piles here and there, and we still have some roll-offs staged and being exchanged in the Greens, Valley, Royal, St. Vrain, Missouri Ave, First Ave and Boston Ave commercial areas. We are also finishing up at the self storage commercial areas off Third and Hover. All areas are pretty much done and we will continue to canvas areas for a while longer to pick up piles. If you see anything that looks like we have missed, please don’t hesitate to call 303-651-8416.
09/27/13 - Public Works Operations Picks Debris at Rapid Pace
Longmont Public Works Operations have completed the large scale debris collection at The Greens, Champion Greens and the Valley subdivisions. They will begin to strategically place roll-off containers in these neighborhoods for those residents who still have work to complete. Street sweepers were dispatched in these neighborhoods earlier this week to clean up the dirt and other small debris in the streets. They continue to place and exchange roll-off containers in the other flood affected areas which include Delaware Street, First Ave., Springs Ct, Missouri Ave and the industrial section along Boston Ave. They also are assisting the two commercial storage facilities located on Third Ave, west of Hover with flood debris removal. Debris continues to be moved off of the transfer site at First and Martin. As of Monday, it is estimated that they have hauled 927 tons of debris - roughly 4000 cubic yards - from the transfer site on Martin Street and roll offs collected 474 tons of debris - roughly 2000 cubic yards - from roll offs staged on the affected neighborhoods. It is estimated they still have at least 4000 yards of debris on the ground at Martin Street and numerous roll offs staged across the flood zones that will need to be exchanged several times. Although things have slowed tremendously, no exact date yet for the end of debris removal. While other communities are just beginning their curbside cleanup efforts, Longmont has been providing neighborhood roll off dumpsters since September 16.
PROPERTY CLEAN UP
- I see or smell solid waste. What do I do?
You should evacuate, if possible, as raw sewage represents a health and sanitation risk. Report the backup to the Public Works Call Center at 303-651-8416.
- Do I need to take any special precautions in the removal of flood debris?
Yes. Flood waters can contain any number of contaminants that are accumulated
upstream. Special precaution should be taken in the handling of flood debris. An excellent resource from the Centers for Disease Control is at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/cleanupwater.asp
- Should I remove my carpet or just try to dry it out?
If your carpet has been saturated with water or contaminated by sewage, it will need to be removed (along with the carpet pad). Due to the absorbent nature of these materials they will not dry out completely and could harvest mold spores and bacteria.
- Do I need to remove and replace water-damaged drywall?
Water-damaged drywall loses its integrity and becomes brittle when it eventually dries out. It could also harvest mold and bacteria. Replacement of water-damaged drywall is advised. If the water damaged wall has insulation in the wall cavities this will also need to be replaced to avoid contamination with mold and other bacteria. This may be an issue as well even if you had only a couple inches of water on the floor and it seemed to only affect your baseboards. The best way to check is to remove part of your baseboard to carefully inspect the drywall.
- There is more work cleaning up than I can manage. Who can I call to help?
There are several restoration companies able to aid in cleanup. Depending on the extent of the damage you may best be served by a restoration company. Please be sure to check references before hiring a contractor.
- With repairs to flooded areas ongoing, what can I do about someone knocking on my door to sell something?
- Soliciting from a private residence means to enter the property or, in a building where several units share an entrance or hallway, to knock or use the bell or knocker for the purpose of selling any type of goods or services.
- Solicitors are required to possess an active City of Longmont sales and use tax license. If you have any questions about whether a solicitor has a tax license, please call 303-651-8672
- It is unlawful to solicit from any private residence where a sign is conspicuously displayed with the words "NO SOLICITORS" or "NO SOLICITING.
- It is also unlawful for a solicitor to remain and refuse to leave immediately after being requested by the resident to leave, whether or not any signs are displayed.
- If someone at your door is suspicious, ask for a business card and get a description of the person and any vehicle, if you can SAFELY obtain one. Call the police non-emergency number at 303.651.8501. Try to provide height, build, hair color, and clothing above and below the waist, license plate, type and color of a car or any details that allow the police to pick out the person from everyone else out there.
- It is always a good practice not to open the door to someone you are unfamiliar with. If you have a screen door, leave it locked. Do not invite anyone into your residence.
- Where can I dispose of water-damaged furniture, carpet and other items?
The city has stationed roll-off trash receptacle containers in neighborhoods throughout the city for disposal of damaged materials and debris. A list of locations is below. Please be sure to store the material on your property until it can be disposed of properly. Do not store material in rights-of-way (streets, gutters, sidewalks, etc.), this could cause greater drainage problems should another flood event occur. Call 303-651-8416 for more information.
- I have a lot of mud and muck I need to clean up. Where can I take it?
Many homes and yards have been inundated with mud. Given that this debris is likely mixed with other contaminants, we advise removing the debris from your site as soon as possible. While it is heavier when wet, it can be a problem to let it dry, as depending on the particular situation it may harden and become more difficult to remove and be blown around as dust with a resulting spread of contaminants. Flood-related mud, sandbags and other contaminated debris should go to the landfill. Please do not pile debris in a manner that blocks gutters, sidewalks or fire hydrants, creating a potential hazard and blocking drainage.
- Does everything just go in the trash, or can some things be recycled or composted?
Although much of the damaged material looks like it would only be trash, there are materials that can be recycled or composted. The City of Longmont will continue to offer curbside recycling, composting, and trash pick-up services on a regular schedule.
- What do I do with electronics and hazardous waste?
These items should not go in the roll-off dumpsters. Visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/solidwaste/hazardous_waste.htm for more information.