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St. Charles Co. Cleanup Estimated at $2.4 Million

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Storm Damage in St. Charles County on June 1, 2013 (KMOX/Greg Damon)

Storm Damage in St. Charles County on June 1, 2013 (KMOX/Greg Damon)

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KMOX) - The recent tornadoes and flooding in St. Charles County may put a dent in the county’s budget unless federal disaster money kicks in.

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann says the running tab to the county from responding to tornado damage and flooding is $2.4 million.

“It’s turned into a much bigger cleanup than we thought,” he said. “We are anticipating collecting about 50,000 tons of tree and limb debris.”

Ehlmann says if the county is unable to receive federal disaster reimbursement, it won’t have enough money to cover the costs of storm preparation and cleanup.

“We do save for a rainy day or, in this case, a windy day and we have $1.8 million in an emergency fund and we’ll have to do what it takes to balance our budget,” he said.

St. Charles County had enough costs to qualify for federal disaster help but only if the state as a whole reaches a threshold of $8 million in costs. Ehlmann says he doesn’t know yet whether that will happen.

TREE/LIMB DROP OFF ENDING

As crews start to near the end of the cleanup, residents are advised that next Wednesday, June 26, is the last day to:

  • Place tree and limb debris at the curb for pickup in impacted areas east of Highway 94, north of Highway 40/61, south of Friedens Rd., along Arena Parkway including Pralle Lane, and along County snow routes adjacent to the defined area.
  • Drop off tree and limb debris at the following St. Charles County Highway Department facilities: 3890 Greens Bottom Road and 7101 Highway 94 (south of Highway 40/61).
  • Drop off non-electrical construction debris at the following public dumpster sites: St. Charles County s Highway Department facility, 3890 Greens Bottom Road; Barnwell Middle School, 1035 Jungs Station Road; and Castlio Elementary, 1020 Dingledine.
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