|MAP: Expedited Debris Removal Area (PDF)|
Before anyone can clear debris from a property, owners must submit a Right Of Entry form.
Forms are available from June 7 to 15, 2011. All locations open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If You Have Homeowner's Insurance and Sufficient Coverage
If you have homeowner's insurance that covers debris removal/demolition, you are encouraged to contact your insurance provider as soon as possible to file a claim if you haven't done so already. Once a claim has been filed, get an estimate from one or more qualified contractors and notify your insurance company with the results. If your policy covers these costs in their entirety, you should hire the contractor to perform the work. In this situation, you do not need to sign the Right of Entry (ROE) form.
If You Do Not Have Homeowner's Insurance or Are Underinsured
If you do not have homeowner's insurance, or if your homeowner's policy does not cover the complete cost of debris removal/demolition, the City urges you to sign the ROE form as soon as possible if you have extensive or catastrophic damage to your home. This will allow government-funded contractors onto private property to remove loose debris. If you do not sign the ROE form and turn it in by June 15th, it will be your responsibility to clean up your property and pay any associated costs.
The confusion around whether or not residents should sign the ROE form has been complicated by the fact that most insurance providers do not make separate provisions for debris removal and demolition costs; in most instances, these coverages are combined. The City of Joplin is working closely with FEMA and insurance representatives to resolve the details of the debris removal/demolition issue, and answers will be provided as soon as possible once additional information is obtained. Pinpointing this information to provide direction to our residents is currently our top priority.
As part of this ongoing effort, the City is releasing a map that depicts the extensive and catastrophic areas to clarify the need for property owners considering the Right of Entry form as it relates to Expedited Debris Removal. The map is attached to this document, and can also be found on the City's Website, www.joplinmo.org
The location of extensive and catastrophic damage of the tornado is key in identifying areas that could be a part of this Expedited Debris Removal effort. It is important to note that the red boundary defines the extensive and catastrophic areas of the tornado. The blue boundary outlines the overall tornado disaster area, although some outlying areas may not be shown on this specific map due to the size of the geographic area.
The Expedited Debris Removal program allows loose debris removal from private property by government-funded contractors, and is designed to assist those properties in that area. In order for this to occur, property owners would need to sign the Right of Entry form and return it to the City at one of the seven distribution points. The deadline to return this form is June 15, 2011. Staff is also available at these locations to address questions about this program.
General guidelines have been established to further define the extent of damage for property owners. Extensive means that some solid structures have been destroyed or have sustained exterior and interior damage and that light structures and mobile homes have been destroyed. Catastrophic means that most solid structures and all light structures/mobile homes have been destroyed.
For those properties outside of the red boundary, owners have several options to have their debris removed. You can take your debris to the curb, making sure to separate your debris into the designated six categories, as noted in the ABC's of Debris Removal document, found on the City's website www.joplinmo.org and at the distribution points. You can also utilize volunteers to assist you in picking up debris. The City has been directing the volunteer efforts to these areas since the beginning of the clean-up process. Property owners should contact AmeriCorps at 417-625-3558 for assistance.
Debris will be picked up at curbside, also referred to as Right-of-Way by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This program is ongoing and could take numerous sweeps through the City in order to get it all removed. There is not a specific schedule or route that this follows, so please continue using this service as needed.
In addition, home owners can also drop off white goods, electronics, household hazardous waste and small, motorized equipment, at a temporary collection site at the former Lone Elm Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2310 N. Lone Elm Rd. in Joplin, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week.
More specific information about debris removal can be found at: http://www.joplinmo.org/documents/ABCsofCleanup.pdf
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