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Storm recovery: Important steps for dealing with storm damage

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news Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Here is a summary of information Bemidji area residents need to know about storm recovery.

Call 333-8395 if you need help with storm damage cleanup or if you can offer assistance to those in need. The hotline pairs those needing assistance with those able to help.

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Bemidji crews will begin curbside pickup at 8 a.m. Monday. Residents should have tree and branch debris piled along the curb. No stumps or root balls will be picked up.

City residents can drop off debris at a disposal site on Rako Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Beltrami County residents can take debris to the demolition landfill site south of Bemidji. It is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Property owners in Bemidji who hire private contractors to remove trees and debris should check whether the business has a tree removal license from the city. Contractors are required to have a license issued by the city of Bemidji.

Volunteers who can help with cleaning neighborhood parks have two opportunities this week.

Work days are planned at Nymore and Otto Schmunk parks from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at Library and Paul Bunyan parks.

Workers should provide their own work gloves, clothing, eye protection and water. Other equipment will be provided. Call 308-3780 for more information.

Residents should document all damage by taking photos and keeping a detailed log, both for insurance purposes and possible disaster aid.

Keep details of hours worked by everyone on your property, keep receipts of any expenses, write down damages and inventory any personal property, including spoiled food or electronics, damaged by electricity problems.

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