City responds to storm-related incidents, offers cleanup tips
ROCKFORD – Rockford police, fire and public works crews are still responding to incidents related to Monday’s storm that brought several inches of rain and flash floods to the city.
As crews continue to monitor those incidents, city officials are reminding residents to be aware of potential hazards that could be uncovered during cleanup. Because Monday’s flooding was extensive, everything from gas appliances to electronics were exposed and should be examined closely.
If gas appliances were exposed to water, they should be checked by a professional before use. Debris and waste should be cleared from storm grates to help water drain from the streets.
While no significant rainfall is expected in the next few days, creeks and dams are full and the ground is saturated. A light shower could affect roadways. Caution while driving is recommended. Road crews will be working for the next several weeks removing debris and repairing roadways damaged by the storm.
The city is also reminding residents that bulk garbage items are collected the same day as regularly scheduled garbage pickup. Resident accounts are allowed approximately 3 cubic yards of bulk waste. For each additional 3 cubic yards, Rock River Disposal will charge $26.92.
Problems related to the storm can be reported to the city’s Service Request system by calling 779-348-7300, or visiting rockfordil.gov.
Those with limited resources to respond to damage are encouraged to contact City of Rockford Human Services at 844-710-6919. R.