The widespread snow melt and high water and back-up from the Winnebago River and tributaries are causing areas and streets in parts of the community to flood. There have been some road closures due to this flooding. The following is a current list of the closures:
1st Street SW, 600 block under the UPRR viaduct
6th Street NW and N. Tyler, N. Harrison, N. Van Buren area
Birch Drive from Illinois Avenue to Hwy 122 and Hwy 122 south to the City Limits
Road conditions are constantly changing. If you see water across the road, make sure you turn around. Be aware of your surroundings and obey the road closure signage. Please do not move the barricades or drive around them – they are there for your safety. We will try to provide updates as streets may be added as conditions change.
Sandbags and Sand Available:
Sand and sandbags are available to residents free of charge at the City’s Operations & Maintenance facility grounds at 725 North Massachusetts. Refer to the attached map for the actual location of the sandbags. Bring a shovel to fill the sandbags. DO NOT USE THE SAND INSIDE THE SHED as it contains chemicals. Use the sand located outside to the east of the sand facility. Shovels may be available but it is best to bring your own shovel. Please contact the Street Department at 421-3675 if you have any questions.
Flood Clean-up Kits Available:
Flood clean-up kits are located at the Mason City Fire Department located at 350 5th Street SW. Instructions for use of the kits are included with the kits. Contact the Fire Department at 4321-3640 for more information.
Sanitary Sewer Backups:
If the sanitary sewer located in your home is backing up, call the Waste Water Treatment Facility at 421-3682.
This is also the season for potholes appearing on the roadways. City crews are out working on filling the potholes. If you would like to report a pothole, please visit the ‘Service Request’ on the right side of the City’s website at https://masoncity.municipalcms.com/forms.aspx?fid=519. Select the ‘Pothole’ option from the drop down menu and then list the location of the pothole. You can also call 421-3675 if you would like to report a pothole.
Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for the State of Iowa in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. Earlier today, she activated Iowa’s State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response to Iowa’s flooding.
The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) along with several state and federal agencies, is monitoring rapidly-evolving conditions at locations throughout the state.
The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather across the entire state and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program for these 21 counties: Butler, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Hancock, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Pottawattamie, Sioux, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, and Wright.
The Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim (April 29, 2019).
Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.
Residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies.
The local initial contact for this is:
Family Resource Center
100 1st St NW
Mason City IA 50401
Water Main Leak Gravel Patches:
Below is a list of gravel patches in streets from water main repairs this winter.
- 388 Willowbrook Dr. (street)
- 408 S Tennessee (alley)
- 503 S Tennessee (street)
- 1408 S Hampshire (street)
- 1310 S Virginia (street)
- 836 15th SE (street)
- 1800 block of S Wilson (street)
- 215 S Madison (alley approach)
- 516 N Delaware (street)
- 3 Mississippi Circle (driveway approach)
Staff is checking them daily during the work week. If any of these needs rock during the night or weekends please call Bill Clausen Utility Foreman at 641-512-5343. If no answer call Joe Bohl Utility Supervisor 641-420-0944.