Communities planning for the flood clean up
Beacon-news staff April 18, 2013 9:56PM
Blackberry Oaks Golf Course General Manager Jim Campbell looks out on the the flooded course that will be closed until next week along the Blackberry Creek in Kendall County on Friday, April 19, 2013. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 21, 2013 7:02PM
City and village officials in the communities hit hardest by flooding in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties are letting residents know how to go about cleaning up the debris from flooding basements and yards.
The city will pickup carpet, drywall, and furniture damaged by Thursday’s storm next week only, free of charge.
The damaged carpet, furniture and drywall will be picked up on the customer’s regular garbage pickup day and must be placed at the curb anytime prior to 6 a.m. on the customer’s regular pickup day. In addition:
* Carpet must be in rolls no longer than 4 feet in length and max of 50 lbs.
* Drywall and construction material must be placed in containers or bundled and tied with rope. Maximum weight per container is 50 lbs. All nails must be removed or bent over. (All bundles must be no longer than 4 feet in length.) Construction material is limited to two cubic yards (about eight 33-gallon-sized cans).
* No other type of loose construction material will be accepted during the special collection.
* Smaller items should be included in the city’s normal garbage collection program (cart or sticker required).
Please note that only water and flood damaged carpet, drywall, and furniture will be picked up without a garbage sticker.
After Friday, April 26, all water and flood damaged items must be disposed of in accordance with the City of Aurora’s normal garbage collection program.
For additional questions, please contact the Customer Service Center on Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 630-256-INFO.
Should you have water damaged items that need to be removed please adhere to the following: Do not place everything in a one large pile. Carpet needs to be cut down into 4 ft lengths bundled and tied no longer than 4 ft. Drywall needs to be cut down into 4 ft pieces. Miscellaneous items need to be placed in cans or bagged. No one item, can, bag, bundle of carpet or drywall can weigh more than 50 lbs. At this time a special refuse pick up is not planned, if this should change we will send an update.
The village and Waste Management will hold a special garbage pick up beginning Friday, April 26 for any residential storm-related debris, such as carpeting, drywall, appliances, etc. This will be done in conjunction with the normal garbage pick up and at no additional cost to residents.
Please place these items between the curb and sidewalk, separated in the following manner:
- Construction/demolition debris (building materials, drywall, lumber)—place in bundles weighing less than 50 pounds, up to 4 feet in length, and up to 18 inches in diameter, or placed into 32 gallon containers weighing up to 50 lbs.
- Carpet rolls—must be no more than 4 feet in length, 18 inches in diameter, and weighing less than 50 lbs.
- Vegetative debris (tree branches, logs, plants, but NOT grass clippings)—must be bundled and tied with biodegradable twine or string in distinct piles that are no longer than 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter, weighing no more than 50 pounds.
- Large appliances (refrigerator, freezers, air conditioners, humidifiers, etc.)—Please remove refrigerator & freezer doors
Please do not place any items near or on trees, poles, or other structures as this makes removal difficult. Additionally, please keep items away from fire hydrants & mailboxes so that they remain accessible to the Fire Department & Post Office, respectively.