Posted on March 06, 2022

Storm Cleanup

UPDATE 03/09/22 RE: Polk County (hotline and debris management strategy)

  • Polk County created a hotline for unincorporated residents in Fourmile, Beaver, and Camp Townships with damage from March 5 storms who need volunteer assistance. The hotline number is 323-5221.
  • Polk County Public Works Department has publicized and initiated a debris management strategy for unincorporated residents in Fourmile, Beaver, and Camp Townships impacted by the March 5 storms. It is as follows:
    • Separate vegetative debris from household debris.
    • Move vegetative debris to the right of way. Polk County staff cannot come onto private property to collect the debris.
    • Do not burn the debris.
    • Debris will be collected over the next several weeks. The Public Works Department plans to make numerous stops during this time to give residents plenty opportunities to get rid of debris.
    • Residents can also haul the debris themselves to Metro Waste Authority. More information on Metro Waste Authority locations can be viewed here
    • Questions should be directed to Polk County Public Works Department at 286-3705.


UPDATE 03/08/22 RE: Polk County (Areas Specifically Noted)

March 5 severe weather for residents in the unincorporated areas of Fourmile, Beaver, and Camp Townships in Polk County. Residents should place vegetative debris along the curb or in the ditch/edge of shoulder of the roadway as soon as possible. Debris must be no longer than 10 feet in length. Polk County will not go onto private property to collect storm vegetative debris. Crews will begin removing debris from the curbside on Tuesday, March 8th. It is estimated that all debris will be removed by March 31st. Any questions regarding debris cleanup should be directed to the Polk County Public Works Department at 286-3705. 

Storm damage assessment continues throughout Polk County 03/05/22

It appears the most impacted areas are in Unincorporated Polk County, and consideration of a curbside vegetative clean-up is underway. 

As we receive more specific details related to coordinated clean-up's, the information will be shared on this page. 

First and foremost, residents with storm damage should contact their insurance company. 

Once you receive the okay to begin clean-up, be sure to separate waste. Fallen branches and leaves are different from lumber and furnishings. Ensure the types of waste are kept separate so they can be properly disposed. 

At this time, open burning of any type of waste is discouraged and details will be available soon regarding assistance that may be provided for vegetative waste removal. 

When you are ready to dispose of trash, residents within city limits may utilize large or extra item stickers for accepted items, or self-haul to Metro Park East Landfill. Residents of Unincorporated Polk County should contact their garbage hauler for options, or self-haul to Metro Park East Landfill. 

This page will continually be updated as more information related to clean-up efforts is available.