Flood debris removal in Steele County will be done this Wednesday, September 28, and Thursday, September 29.

Those who have damaged goods or debris from the recent flooding need to call (507) 444-2454 to report flood damage and make it known that they have items damaged by flooding that need to be picked up.

Debris should be placed on the boulevard from the curb to the sidewalk or 10 feet from the curb. In rural areas, do not place debris in the ditch. Place it at the edge before the ditch. Keep debris out of the right-of-way for emergency vehicles and to prevent plugging of storm-water drains.

Items need to be sorted as follows:

  • Mixed waste/debris which would include:
    • Carpet and carpet pads
    • Rugs
    • Furniture
    • Mattresses and box springs
    • Insulation
    • Sheetrock
    • Paneling
    • Plaster
    • Wood and lumber and other waste

The following items would need to be separated from the mixed waste pile:

  • Appliances such as furnaces, freezers, ranges, dishwashers
  • TV's and computer monitors
  • Household waste such as paint and pesticides.

The pickup schedule is as follows - Wednesday the cities of Owatonna, Medford, Hope and Meriden. On Thursday, debris removal will take place in Blooming Prairie, Ellendale, Bixby, Pratt and Havana.

Mike Johnson, director of emergency response, reports there are 161 names on the disaster log. There also is more than $1 million in damage to public property and 14 businesses suffered flood damage. Remember, you need to call (507) 444-2454 and get on the disaster log to get pickup of your flood debris and waste.