City of Fort Wayne storm update July 4, 2012

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News release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Storm Update July 4, 2012

Mayor Tom Henry is urging residents to not take chances with the heat, in the aftermath of a storm that left thousands without electricity.

“As temperatures continue to be high, residents should not take chances. There is relief available for residents to cool down at one of three cooling centers around town or for overnight stays provided by the American Red Cross at the First Assembly of God Church on Washington Center Road,” said Mayor Henry. “We are making significant progress, but it’s important for residents to know that there is relief from the heat at these centers.”

Three cooling centers will remain open on July 4, 2012.

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[li]The Community Center, 233 West Main Street, Noon to 6 p.m.[/li]
[li]Jerry Fox Lifetime Sports Academy at the McMillen Park Golf Clubhouse, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.[/li]
[li]The Jennings Center at 1330 McCulloch Street, Noon to 5 p.m.[/li]

FOUR Cooling Centers are open on THURSDAY, July 5th:

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[li]Jerry Fox Lifetime Sports Academy at the McMillen Park Golf Clubhouse, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.[/li]
[li]The Community Center, 233 West Main Street, Noon to 6 p.m.[/li]
[li]Jennings Center, 1330 McCulloch St., Noon to 5 p.m.[/li]
[li]Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.[/li]

25 Residents were at cooling centers yesterday, July 3.

The American Red Cross is continuing its shelter for those who are not able to stay in their homes because of storm damage or an extended power outage. Residents can also go to the shelter to take a shower or get a hot meal. The shelter is open 24 hours and is located at the First Assembly of God Church, 1400 West Washington Center Rd., at Lima Road. Residents should enter door number 5. More than 40 residents were at the shelter overnight.

Because of the scope and length of this disaster coupled with the extreme heat, a State of Emergency was issued to seek federal disaster assistance.

As part of that process, residents are asked to report damage to the State of Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security at Click on the link “Report Damage from Severe Weather June 29, 2012″, in the middle of the page.

On this Fourth of July Holiday, many residents are cleaning up debris. For immediate disposal, residents are encouraged to take debris to one of four drop off sites:

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[li]Parking Lot at Swinney Park Pool[/li]
[li]Parking Lot at the Tillman Road entrance of Tillman Park[/li]
[li]Parking Lot at the Conklin Pavilion at Shoaff Park[/li]
[li]City Biosolids Facility on Lake Avenue near Maplecrest Road (July 4 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)[/li]

Curbside pick-up will take place for several weeks. Curbside debris pick-up is not part of regular residential garbage pick-up. Crews from the Street and Parks department along with contracted tree companies will pick up curbside debris. The debris should be left at the curb but not in the street for collection. Residents should not place the debris in the ally.

A shaded map is posted on the City’s website, showing residents the status of debris collection in their area. Residents should consult this map to know when to place debris at the curb.

City crews are continuing to work on traffic signals repair and only six are not functioning as of 11 a.m., July 4. That’s down from 90 on Friday, June 29.

To report sparking power lines, or trees or light poles that have fallen and are blocking streets this weekend, residents should call 911.

To report trees from the park strip that have fallen and are partially blocking a sidewalk or street, residents should call 311 and leave a message.

To report a power outage, residents should call Indiana Michigan Power at 1-800-311-4634

Residents are reminded that the countywide burn ban remains in effect. Those caught burning brush or lighting unpermitted fireworks can be charged with a misdemeanor.

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