By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
DUQUESNE, Mo. —
Duquesne residents affected by the tornado have until Nov. 25 to haul concrete debris to the curb, after which it will be picked up and hauled away.
The cleanup project is being funded by a state Community Development Block Grant in partnership with the city of Joplin.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency does not cover costs of picking up and hauling away cement.
David Weaver, assistant to the mayor of Duquesne, said residents are limited to concrete only at this point, and he discouraged residents from putting out additional trash and debris.
“We’ll have problems if residents put other materials out there, because as we enter the rainy season it will clog the ditches, and we need to keep those right of ways clear for drainage,” said Weaver.
The city of Duquesne has no means of picking up anything but concrete now, as funding for other debris ended in August.
“As we find additional grants we’re eligible for, we’ll help our people as much as we can,” said Weaver.
AmeriCorps will assist residents in getting concrete foundations broken up and to the curb, Weaver said, and the city of Joplin is handling concrete removal.
Residents with questions may contact the Duquesne City Hall at 781-4384.