STORM RESPONSE UPDATES
Dawson County DES Update 10 – Storm Response 7-30-15
ATTENTION: In light of the overwhelming amount of debris generated by the recent storm, city crews initially intended to attempt to assist private homeowners with debris removal. However, due to a lack of manpower and equipment, along with several possible policy constraints, the city crew will not be able to assist individuals with cleanup. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The City Landfill will continue to accept tree waste free of charge for the foreseeable future and will be open extended hours to 8 PM through Friday, August 7th. The landfill will remain closed on Sunday, August 2nd.
Dawson County DES Update 9 – Storm Response 7-30-15
FOREST/HIGHLAND PARK RESIDENTS: Dawson County DES has received word from West Glendive Public Works that drinking water service has been restored to both Forest Park and Highland Park subdivisions. There is no longer a need to strictly conserve water in these areas. The irrigation system is being worked on at this time and service there will likely be spotty for at least the remainder of this week due to damage to the system. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. If you have additional questions, please contact the Dawson County DES office at 377-2566.
Dawson County DES Update 8 – Storm Response 7-29-15
POWER RESTORATION: Following a discussion with MDU representatives at 1:30 PM today, Dawson County DES would like to pass along the following information regarding the restoration of power to individual homes in the service area. MDU is responsible for the lines both on the poles and from the poles to the “mast” (silver/gray antennae like structure) on the house. HOWEVER, from the mast structure into the dwelling, maintenance is the responsibility of individual property owners. If your mast or accompanying structures were damaged during the storm, additional work may be required in order to completely restore power. If you can observe damage or believe you may have sustained damage, please contact an electrician to complete those repairs as soon as possible.
Dawson County DES understands that this setback in power restoration may cause some homeowners to be without power for substantially longer than originally anticipated. If you find that you may be in need of assistance procuring shelter for the near future, please contact the DES office at 377-2566.
Dawson County DES Update 7 – Storm Response 7-29-15
LANDFILL HOURS - The City of Glendive has extended landfill operations until 8 PM through Friday, August 7th, 2015. This does include Saturday hours. We ask that tree debris ONLY be transported to the landfill after 5:30 PM. Please anticipate delays as we are required by the state DEQ to weigh every load that comes into the landfill. Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated as we continue to clean up following Monday’s storm.
Dawson County DES Update 6 – Storm Response 7-29-15
First of all, Dawson County and the City of Glendive would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the many employees, private contractors, and individual citizens who continue to put in extraordinary efforts in helping with the clean up response. A special “Thank you” to crews from Bridger Pipeline, Coon Construction, and Kastle Construction for their efforts yesterday. There have also been many instances of neighbors helping neighbors and seeing the work ethic and care that the townspeople have for one another is a great encouragement in times of crisis.
Crews from MDU and other electric subcontractors continue their work to restore power throughout the county, however there is still no concrete timetable for complete restoration. The county continues to ask that residents of Forest and Highland Park conserve water for the immediate future. Drinking water is available at the Emergency Operations Center at the Fairgrounds today until 5 PM and again tomorrow from 8 AM to 5 PM.
The City of Glendive Landfill is continuing to waive fees for storm related tree debris, and has extended operating hours to 8 PM this evening. Between the hours of 5:30 PM to 8 PM, ONLY STORM RELATED TREE DEBRIS is being accepted at the landfill. Please understand that while crews continue to work on cleanup efforts, damage to trees or structures on your property is your responsibility. Should you require assistance with removal of debris, you may need to contact private contractors or seek help from neighbors as city crews are not responsible for cleanup on private property.
If you have additional questions regarding the cleanup and response, please contact the County DES office at 377-2566.
Dawson County DES Update 5 – Storm Response 7-28-15
UPDATE: As of 4:30 PM tonight, all roads in the county and city are passable except for Sycamore Lane in Forest Park. Debris has been moved to the side of the road and is being removed as quickly as possible. Electrical crews from MDU and their subcontractors continue to work on restoring power throughout the service area, although at this time Forest Park, Highland Park, the south side of the city near Pearson Avenue, and other outlying areas are still without power. City crews have isolated a water main break on Snyder Avenue and expect to have that repair completed sometime tomorrow. Although the city and county have made a disaster declaration, there is no expectation that this event will escalate beyond a local response. Individual property owners are encouraged to contact their private insurance providers to assess damages.
Please refrain from contacting the police department or using 911 for non-emergency situations. Damage to your private property is your responsibility and should be dealt with through your insurance agency. Power outages and power related complaints should be directed to MDU at 1-800-638-3278. Updates from MDU can be found directly on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MontanaDakotaUtilities .
Please continue to exercise caution around downed power lines. While the majority of lines are not active, that can change in an instant as repairs are ongoing. Treat every downed line as if it was charged and DO NOT handle them in any way. Also, please refrain from using camp stoves or barbecue grills indoors, as this could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Dawson County DES Update 4 – Storm Response 7-28-15
ATTENTION Residents of Forest/Highland Park: As of 4:30 PM on July 28, 2015, MDU does not have a timetable for the restoration of power in either of these subdivisions. Therefore West Glendive Public Works requests that residents of these areas strictly conserve water use during the immediate future. Each of these subdivisions is supplied by water pumped from public wells and without power those wells cannot replenish the storage tanks. Drinking water is available at the Emergency Operations Center at the Fairgrounds until 7 PM tonight and again after 7 AM tomorrow morning.
Dawson County DES – Storm Response Update 7-28-15
UPDATE: As a result of last night’s storm, a water main was broken on South Pearson Avenue. In addition to the damage to the water main, a power line was also downed in that vicinity, complicating the repair needed on the water line. Due to the delay, water is not expected to be in full service through that line until sometime tomorrow. If you are affected by this broken main and in need of water, there is water available at the Emergency Operations Center at the fairgrounds. Water can be picked up at the EOC until 7 PM tonight. If you have any questions, please contact the DES Office at 377-2566.
Dawson County DES – Storm Recovery Update 9:30 AM 7-28-15
At approximately 7:00 PM last night, Dawson County was struck by a severe thunderstorm with high winds. Damage was widespread and severe throughout the county and city of Glendive. Dawson County officials are working with the National Weather Service to assess damages from last night’s storm. MDU is currently working to restore power across the service area. Please exercise extreme caution as downed power lines may still be charged. If you know of anyone with special needs who may require further assistance, please contact the Dawson County Health Department at 377-5213 (particularly those with powered medical devices). Crews will be out in an attempt to assist with cleanup throughout the day. Debris can be placed on the curb/side of the street and crews will be out to assist with the removal as they become available. If you are removing the debris yourself, the City of Glendive would like to assure you that there will be NO FEE assessed at the landfill. The landfill is open for regular business hours today from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In an effort to track the damage from the storm, we ask that you submit pictures of STRUCTURAL DAMAGE to the Dawson County Disaster Emergency Services Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawson-County-Disaster-and-Emergency-Services/121882044534578) or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to (406) 377-2567. Please include the location of the damage with your submittal and contact information for the location.
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