Cleanup update, other Greensburg news in brief

01/24/2008 5:15 PM

01/24/2008 5:15 PM

The Kansas adjutant general's office released this update Wednesday on Greensburg recovery work:

Debris removal

As of Wednesday morning, 13,114 dump truck loads of storm debris had been hauled to the Kiowa County landfill. The landfill will be closed for Memorial Day weekend.

Debris is being picked up from rights of way. Residents are asked to keep debris at least 3 feet from utility poles, fire hydrants or gas meters. Call Greensburg City Hall with debris removal questions at 620-723-2751.

The United Way offers debris removal help. Call 211.

Picnic in the Park

A picnic will be held for Greensburg residents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Davis Park.

Fire equipment

The town of Greensburg has received donated fire trucks to replace equipment lost in the May 4 tornado.

Tuesday, city of Shawnee firefighters presented Greensburg City Administrator Steve Hewitt the keys to a 1976 E-One fire truck on the concrete slab where the Kiowa County fire station stood before the storm.

Last week, Greensburg officials were handed the keys to a vehicle essential to local fire service, a 2,000-gallon 1974 Chevy Water Tender donated by Cowley County Fire District No. 4.

Firefighters from across the state are helping with staffing and fire protection in Greensburg.

County and city offices

Kiowa County offices are located at the Mullinville High School. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Kiowa County Commission meets every Monday at 10 a.m. at the Mullinville High School. Greensburg city offices are in trailers southeast of the County Courthouse. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Greensburg City Commission meets every Monday at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Hospital services

The Kansas National Guard's Expeditionary Medical Support System is operational at the west end of U.S. 54 across from the John Deere dealer. It replaces the Kiowa County Memorial Hospital and provides emergency and critical access care. Patients needing additional care will be taken to Pratt or Dodge City. The Guard system is operated by the local hospital staff. Administrative procedures regarding billing and insurance will be the same as when the hospital was operating.

FEMA is hiring

FEMA is giving first priority in hiring for relief positions to Greensburg residents and those who worked there and lost their jobs. For more information, call 770-216-3156 or 417-234-3798 or visit the Disaster Recovery Center at Barclay College in Haviland.

Utility services

Water service is resuming in some areas. Water has been turned on, and testing of lines is occurring north of Florida Street. Residents should not drink the water until testing has concluded. Power is being restored to portions of town.

Donations and volunteers

Anyone wanting to donate resources to Greensburg, including equipment, should first call 888-413-4327. Individual volunteers should call 888-413-4327. Volunteers in groups should call 314-313-4779.

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