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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Thank You for Your Help

More than 800 volunteers answered a call for action last weekend and, in just three days, filled 106,680 sandbags. This effort could not have been possible without the help of so many community residents and out-of-towners that came to St. Joseph to fill sandbags. Filling sandbags by hand is a labor-intensive and dirty job, and the speed in which our volunteers worked to accomplish filling that number of bags in that short period of time is absolutely amazing! Thanks to the United Way of Greater St. Joseph who coordinated the volunteers and to the AmeriCorps team from St. Louis who helped coordinate the bagging operations. Thank you to everyone who took part in this effort! We couldn't have done it without you!
Pothole Patching Progress

Snow, ice and flooding have prevented a lot of normal pothole repair activity. However, street maintenance crews have managed to run a "pothole patrol” of eight crews in between snowstorms consisting of mainly cold patch and one hot patch truck. Last Thursday, crews had to transition to preparing for the high river levels. On Monday, three crews went back to patching, and so far the crews have been able to check and repair the potholes for all the emergency and secondary routes. S o far this year for pothole repairs, 100 tons of cold patch and 15 tons of hot patch have been used. The hot patch this time of year has to be picked up in Kansas City, as the local plants are only open during the warmer months. The normal policy is to have the pothole filled within 48 hours of notification, however emergency situations supersede this policy. To report a pothole for quickest response, please call 271-4848 or file an online report here .
Cleaning Up After a Flood

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water including carpeting, wallboard, appliances and furniture.

When flooding occurs in your home or business, evacuate wood and any upholstered furniture or plush toys that may come in contact with floodwaters. To reduce mold development, dry out any overwhelmed areas or pieces of furniture inside for 48 hours. If you have had flooding, you have to ensure that everything indoors is spotless. Dry your home or business and everything inside. Cleaning appropriately will expel perils from microscopic organisms and infections and drying will keep biological mold from forming or expanding.

When clearing out your storm cellar, home, or business you should discard wet materials that can’t be cleaned. For protection purposes, take photos of all the damaged property that you should discard. You should also wash blinds, apparel and bedding with hot sudsy water. Flush floor coverings and furniture with clean water and cleanser and then air dry them.

Protect your nose, eyes and lungs with goggles and N-95 face mask when working in overflowed areas or cleaning mold. On the off chance there is a lot of shape or surge harm, you might need to get an expert to enable you to clean up. Approach your property insurance agency for a proposal. Individuals with asthma, hypersensitivities or other breathing issues might be more touchy to form. Check with your therapeutic supplier on the off chance that you aren’t sure whether it is okay for you to clean up after a surge.
Knowing Can Make All the Difference

The city of St. Joseph Health Department has seen a trend with evidence that indicates the numbers of syphilis cases reported in Buchanan County and within the state of Missouri are increasing significantly. The candid reality of syphilis is an important internal dialogue to start having with yourself, or an honest conversation... read more
Transportation Plan Survey

The St. Joseph Metropolitan Planning Organization, through the Public Works & Transportation Department, is conducting a long-range transportation study to identify road, transit, bike, pedestrian and freight improvements with the region. To help in the planning process, residents are encouraged to fill out a survey to see what their top priorities are when it comes to transportation.

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