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Douglas County - Reducing emergency flood operations

Posted: 2:52 PM, Mar 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-20 19:52:53Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Douglas County Spring Flood Unified Command says it will reduce operations from 24 hours to on-call status starting today.

The group says they have decided to cut hours since the threat of flooding is going down along the Missouri, Elkhorn and Platte Rivers.

They also want to remind people that certain items cannot be taken to area landfills as cleanup begins:

  • Waste Oil
  • Paint in liquid form (dried paint can be accepted)
  • Lead-Acid Batteries
  • Household Appliances
  • Waste Tires (in any form)
  • Unregulated Hazardous Waste

What you can do with items not accepted by landfills according to Douglas County Spring Flood Unified Command:

Banned Waste Definitions [dceservices.org] ( dceservices.org [dceservices.org] ) has descriptions of all banned items. Separate out the banned items so they are not transported to the landfill because the landfill cannot accept these banned items.

There are a number of companies in the Omaha metro area that will accept banned items like lead-acid batteries, household appliances, and tires.

If you are a resident of Douglas or Sarpy County you can use the Under the Sink [underthesink.org] facility at 120th and I St. to dispose of waste oil, paint (liquid), and many other items.

For specific information on how cities will handle flood-related debris contact the following:

Valley - The city will deploy dumpsters at various locations in the city for residents to dispose of flood damaged items. Banned items (listed above) cannot be placed in the dumpsters. Appliances should be taken to the city backlot for separate disposal. Contact Mike Burns, mburns@valley.omhcoxmail.com

Waterloo - Contact Melissa Johnson, Waterloo Village Clerk mjohnson@waterloone.com

Omaha – Contact City of Omaha Environmental Quality Division 402-444-3908