Street sweepers will venture onto saturated streets today as crews begin the process of cleaning up behind a record-setting flood. It is a daunting task, according to Miami city officials, who said today that it will take at least 90 days to clear debris.
Trash service will also resume today as solid waste workers attempt to return to their daily routine.
Those who will be clearing away flood debris have three options for debris removal.
Miami Public Works Director Tim Wilson announced that debris can be moved to curbside, placed in large roll-off containers that will be placed in the city's four quadrants or debris can be taken to the city transfer station.
The roll-off receptacles are for flood debris only, according to City Manager Michael Spurgeon, and Miami residents are asked to not use them for household waste or non-flood-related debris.
Health officials are imploring residents to receive tetanus shots and take precautions as they encounter flood waters and sort through saturated debris.
“Use hand sanitizer, wash your hands frequently, wear gloves and boots, said Jane Ann Nichols, administrator of the Ottawa County Health Department.
River water that swelled into the Miami area is laden with sewage, chemicals and debris, according to Fire Chief Kevin Trease. On Wednesday, he did not hesitate to proclaim it “contaminated and pleaded with residents to prohibit their children from playing in the water.
Health officials confirmed Thursday that tetanus is an acute, often-fatal disease of the nervous system that is caused by the nerve toxins of a bacterium found in soil.
To date, more than 500 tetanus shots have been administered and 500 more are available, according to Nichols.
Shots will be available today at the Ottawa County Health Department located on Elm Street. Integris Baptist Regional Health Center will administer shots from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is no charge for the shot.
Additionally, city officials have offered the following information:
Mosquito fogging will begin today in residential areas. Extra chemicals have been ordered to accommodate the need for additional fogging due to the flooding conditions.
The Red Cross has set up an informational booth at the Miami Civic Center to assist residents with information regarding cleanup and financial assistance opportunities.
City officials are planning to meet with Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel and the director of Oklahoma Emergency Management to discuss matters regarding the pending emergency declaration and funding assistance.
The application process for FEMA assistance has not yet begun. Look to future editions of the News-Record for updates on the availability of applications.
City officials will meet with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today to discuss the manner in which water is discharged from the dam.
The city is still seeking volunteers to help with cleanup. To place a name on the volunteer list, call the emergency operations center at 542-6685.
The city will be out determining the number of homes and businesses that have flooded. Utilities will be turned on in a home once the floor is dry and no electrical outlets received water damage.
To schedule a power turn on inspection, call 541-2231, 541-2214 or 542-6685.
To have electrical service restored to a home or business, the following guidelines have been set:
If floors are dry, call the city inspector's office at 918-541-2329 for a walk-thru inspection.
If floors are wet now, they must be completely dried before making a request for inspection. Removing carpet may expedite this process.
If water has reached electrical receptacles on walls, a more detailed inspection will be required.
The city anticipates that it will have a backlog of inspections. To expedite the process, property owners may call a licensed electrical contractor for an inspection. The contractor may submit a letter to the city stating it is safe to turn on power.