Muscatine officials help clean streets after powerful storm

The city of Muscatine helped clean and restore power in many local neighborhoods following a violent storm Saturday.

The storm started around 5:30 p.m., with winds estimating 70 mph, according to a news release. 

“We want to thank the City employees who worked throughout the weekend to clean up the City after Saturday’s storm,” Gregg Mandsager, city administrator, said in the release. “We also want to extend our appreciation to the crews from MPW who worked long hours throughout the weekend and to the many residents who helped neighbors, friends, relatives, and even strangers clean up after the storm.”

The Public Works Department reported up to 3.5 inches of rain in some areas. In addition, pea-sized to golf ball-sized hail was reported to have been seen.

“We had crews out Sunday working to clean up streets and had the street sweeper out to help clear the downtown parking lots so that they would be ready for workers on Monday,” Brian Stineman, public works director, said. “We have four crews out today picking up debris and they will be working the rest of this week cleaning up.”

Crew members will be servicing the storm drains to prevent future water damage in the case of another storm.

“One of our crews is out checking the storm drains and clearing them of debris,” Stineman said. “More rain is expected and we want to make sure that that water has someplace to go and not into areas that could cause hazardous travel.”

Residents who need to dispose of debris drop it off from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Transfer Station, 1000 S. Houser St.

To schedule an appointment for pickup, call the Public Works Department at 563-263-8933.

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