Mayor Schneider Gives Storm Damage Update
Mayor Thomas P. Schneider held a debriefing at police headquarters on with Chief Timothy J. Lowery and other key personnel that were involved directly with the storm that hit Florissant/Hazelwood on April 10.
City Engineer Tim Barrett reported that there were approximately 259 residential/commercial business structures that received damage. Of that number 23 had heavy damage, 37 had moderate damage and 199 had very light damage. At least 150 other properties in the City had some tree damage.
Clean up efforts are still underway and the City’s Street and Park Maintenance Department along with Meridian Waste Service is continuing storm recovery efforts in the areas that were hit the hardest. Homeowners are encouraged to avoid being a victim a second time by hiring reliable local contractors for tree removal, auto and home repair. The police and other officials will be monitoring housing repair contractors who are offering services to homeowners.
The Mayor thanked Pastor Joe Costephens and Administrative Pastor Mark Cote from Passage Church and Andrea Cekovsky, leader of Military Veteran Team Rubicon, Russell Sage with Sage Tree Service, Chuck Barcom with Meridian Waste and Bruce Bailey with AmeriCorps for bringing volunteers into the City to assist residents in the clean up efforts. “These organizations went above and beyond with volunteering their time to help seniors and others who were overwhelmed,” the mayor stated.
Mayor Schneider would like to encourage residents to sign up for the new NIXLE program the City announced in March. This program allows the City to send important valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology. Subscribers can instantly receive information via cell phone text message and/or email allowing the City to communicate with the residents during emergency situations. For more information on this program contact Officer Andy Haarmann at 314-830-6042 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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