FLOOD INFORMATION

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Call the City of Miami Operations Center at 542-6685.

Call the News-Record at 542-5533.

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NEW INFORMATION Gov. Brad Henry has declared Ottawa County a disaster area, along with Comanche, Pottawatomie and Washington counties. The declaration will be forwarded to President Bush.

• The level of the Neosho River at the Stepp Ford Bridge at 8 a.m. Friday was 24.73.

• Highway 10 has been temporarily closed at the intersection with SH 137 because of congestion created by semi traffic attempting to turn around. It should reopen Saturday, along with all outbound roads other than SH 125 at the fairgrounds.

• An estimated 300 Wardog polycarts have been lost due to the flooding.

• There are three ways to dispose of flood-related trash: curbside, by taking it directly to the transfer station, located across from the airport or via rolloff containers in each quadrant of the city:

• Northwest - in the parking lot at the Masonic Lodge (5th and H NW)

• Southwest - in the lot south of H&R Block, 318 South Main

• Northeast - 12th and Sky Lane

• Southeast - Behind Immanuel Baptist Church, 228 H SE

• Building permits will be available starting at 1 p.m. Monday.

• Tetanus shots - If you are a flood victim or are volunteering with flood relief efforts and you have not had a tetanus shot in 10 years, health officials advise that you do so. Free shots will be offered today at the Ottawa County Health Department. Integris Baptist Regional Health Center will also administer free tetanus shots Saturday and Sunday in the hospital lobby.

• Animal rescue - Calls regarding animal rescue, missing pets and animals that need shelter should be directed to 541-8526 and 542-3413.

• Collection efforts - Those who are sponsoring food, clothing or other donation drives related to local flood relief, please contact the News-Record and ask to be added to the “Relief List.”

• The flood of '51 - Do you remember the flood of 1951? If so, please contact the News-Record newsroom at 542-5533 or e-mail your thoughts to krista.duhon@miaminewsrecord.com.

• Tell us your story - If your home or business is flooded or you are participating in the ongoing relief effort, the News-Record would like to document your experience. Please contact the newspaper office via e-mail at krista.duhon@miaminewsrecord.com or mail correspondence to: Flood 2007, 14 1st Ave. NW, Miami, Okla. 74354.

July 5, 2007

• The level of the Neosho River at the Stepp Ford Bridge at 8 a.m. Monday was 27.07. Officials are estimating the Neosho and Tar Creek have dropped about 3 feet since the Tuesday midnight crest.

• The Neosho is expected to drop below flood stage Saturday night at Stepp Ford Bridge and here on Sunday night. Heavy rain in southeast Kansas Wednesday is not expected to affect the level on the Neosho.

• The Miami Police Department will inspect streets as soon as water levels drop. Hopefully starting on Friday, Street and Public Works Department employees then will remove debris. The roadway will then be hosed down and swept.

• The city will be out determining the number of homes and businesses that were flooded. The information gained will be used to develop a database for future use.

• Volunteers are now needed to help displaced families move things back in. To volunteer, call 542-6685.

• Forty-two families took advantage of the American Red Cross shelter at First Christian Church Wednesday night. Local coordinator Tammie Lewis said 575 meals were served Wednesday.

• Breakfast is being served at the shelter at 7 a.m. with lunch at noon and dinner at 5 p.m.

• Red Cross clean-up kits will be available starting at noon Thursday. The kit includes an information booklet and supplies.

• More than 300 tetanus shots have been given to volunteers as of Wednesday.

• Representatives from FEMA have not yet contacted city officials. Mayor Brent Brassfield said that hopefully will occur "within a day or two."

• Tires that have floated up can be taken to Red Cedar Recycling, 202 D NE, beginning Friday morning.

• Power will be restored to a house of business in a flooded area only if the floor is dry. If water reached receptacle level, it must be inspected. Individuals can hire private electrical contractors to do inspections, then they can provide a letter to the city.

• Building permits are not needed for basic cleaning. Removal of drywall and other major projects will require a city permit. Officials will waive building permit fees for all flood-related inspections.

• FEMA, Oklahoma Water Resouces Board and city ordinances require that if 50 percent of a building in the 100-year flood plain is damaged, it can not be repaired.

• Citations are being written for sight-seers who have driven around barricades. There have been no arrests for looting.

• Residences with dumpsters that have floated off should place bags at curbside for pickup. Also, flood damaged items can be placed curbside for pickup.

• Officials hope to have the Miami Municipal Pool back in operation within a couple of weeks.

July 3, 2007

• The Neosho River at the Commerce gauge crested at midnight on Tuesday at 29.25 feet.

Water in Miami has started to recede and is expected to continue to do so at slow pace. At its height, water in and around Miami is believed to have reached mean sea levels near 774.

• Federal Emergency Management Agency task force members will be in Miami today to begin assessing damage.

• Questions about the return of electrical power or property inspections, call 541-2231 or 541-2214.

• The NEW number for all calls regarding flood conditions, evacuation, recovery and assistance is 542-6685. City personnel will assist with directing calls to appropriate officials.

• Miami City Officials are asking that people stay clear of flooded areas unless they have a reason to be there. Spectators are hindering evacuation efforts. Those who are touring the flood areas by boat are creating waves that emergency workers say are causing further damage to property.

• Property owners be advised that ALL city employees will have proper identification.

• Ingress and egress into Miami is limited. National Guard members have been posted at several staging areas throughout town to assist motorist. Veterans Boulevard has been limited to local traffic only as it is one of the city's few access roads allowing traffic to move to Highway 69A and on to I-44. Oklahoma highways 10 and 69 remain closed, as does Steve Owens Boulevard and a large portion of neighborhood streets in the southwest and southwest portion of town.

• City crews are currently pulling electric meters at flooded properties. The meters will not be returned until city officials have inspected the sites and are confident that electrical power can be safely returned to the site.

• There is currently no concern of water quality issues. City engineer Jerry Ruse confirmed today that water is being tested hourly and, in the event that the quality becomes a concern, any problems will be quickly isolated and dealt with immediately. Measures are being taken to maintain quality, including additional - but safe - volumes of chlorine have been added to the water system.

• As people are able to return to homes where water may have infiltrated water taps, city officials advise that water be boiled before consumption until water has been sufficiently flushed through the residential pipes to clear any debris or contamination.

• Emergency management personnel have assisted in 12 evacuations that required removing people by boat from their residences. There have been no casualties reported.

• Anyone who is volunteering or working through the flood is being advised by city officials to have a tetanus shot. To date, the city has administered 120 shots.

Volunteers Needed

Emergency management personnel are calling for volunteers throughout Miami as the city now moves into a recovery and cleanup mode. City officials say that residents in more than 600 homes are expected to have been impacted by the flood. Official numbers will not be available until the waters recede.

When will it go away?

City Manager Michael Spurgeon said Monday that floodwaters are expected to remain at least through Friday.

Drinking water

City engineer Jerry Ruse said he anticipates no problem with the city's water supply. If a problem occurs, Ruse said it will be quickly identified and isolated.

Anyone who has private wells should boil the water before consumption.

Emergency

services

Fire, rescue and medical crews have been set up in strategic areas, according to Fire Chief Kevin Trease. Emergency services remain available to as many people as possible.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has provided the city with a helicopter and the National Guard is now in place.

Shelters in place

Shelters are open at the First Christian Church and the First Baptist Church in Miami. Tammie Lewis of the Red Cross said additional sites are being prepared at the First Assembly of God Church, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Southeast Baptist Church in Commerce. There is no charge for use of the shelters. Meals are provided.