The City Council was briefed last month on the City’s efforts to recover from the Oct. 20 tornado. The initial rounds of storm debris removal utilizing outside contractors are now complete, with future debris removal being handled by City crews. In total, 43,500 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 16,000 yards of construction debris were removed.
To date, the City has issued 290 building permits related to the tornado, including 173 for residential roof repair and 49 for residential fence repair, with additional permit applications expected. The City is allowing express permitting for tornado-related construction and waiving building permit fees for tornado-impacted properties as well as fees for water reconnection and construction debris container rental. Building Inspection is providing extended inspection hours, and the Communications Department has provided new online and print resources for property owners and contractors.
In addition, impacted residents and business owners can apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.