Have mop? Will you clean?

Volunteers are needed today and Wednesday for local flood-cleanup efforts. If interested, call the United Way of Mower County at 437-2313.

Mower County

Homes with damaged items should call the courthouse at 437-9494 to arrange for a pickup through Friday.

City of Austin

Set damaged items on your boulevard for pickup through Wednesday. After that, call the city engineering department at 437-9950 to arrange a pickup.


By Tim Ruzek

City crews and contractors started Monday morning collecting items damaged during last week’s storms and flooding in Austin.

Volunteers still are needed, especially today and Wednesday, to help many individuals with their flood cleanup, according to the United Way of Mower County. Homeowners need assistance in removing damaged items from homes and cleaning basements. 

Anyone wanting to volunteer or in need of assistance should contact the United Way staff, who will match needs with volunteers.

In the city, people are asked to place household materials damaged by flooding, sewer backup or groundwater seepage on their boulevard by Wednesday for pickup at no cost. After Wednesday, they should call the city’s engineering department to set up a free pickup time.

Sandbags should be separated, and hazardous materials should be taken to the Mower County recycling center.

In Mower County, homes with damaged items should call the courthouse to arrange for a pickup. The county will collect items from Monday through Friday.


The county’s facility for household hazardous waste will be open extra hours this week for those affected by the recent severe weather. The regular day for household hazardous waste collection is Wednesday, but now the facility will be open by appointment Thursday and Friday.  

Household hazardous wastes are materials from the basement, garage or under the sink, including paint, paint thinner, stains, varnishes, aerosols, old gasoline, oven cleaner and pesticides. They must be sorted from your other waste stream and taken to the county’s facility at 1111 Eighth Ave. N.E., Austin.

Business waste or agricultural pesticides won’t be accepted. 

During the year, the household hazardous waste facility is open for collection from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. 

Mower County Environmental Services also is providing a free bacteria-only water testing through June 26 for county residents whose wells might have been affected by flooding. Tests are not conducted on Fridays. 

Water-testing kits are available at environmental services at 11051⁄2 Eighth Ave. N.E., in Austin. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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