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On March 2, 2012, tornadoes struck the southeastern part of Indiana. Recovery activities are underway in affected areas of the state, with efforts focused on restoring utilities and roadways, cleanup efforts, and assisting Hoosiers with specific needs. Federal, state and local agencies and organizations are working to gather damage statistics and estimates, support state response efforts, and provide staffing resources as required.
Following is information concerning recovery activities for debris management, public water systems and wastewater treatment facilities. Complete information about the State of Indiana response to tornadoes is available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website.
To help communities in Southeastern Indiana manage the large amount of storm debris, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has put together a debris management team consisting of staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The debris management team will have two primary tasks: assisting local governments in setting up special disposal sites for storm debris and assessing the types of waste and debris in the damaged areas to ensure all waste is being properly managed and disposed.
Citizens should contact their Local Emergency Management Agency to request assistance or obtain information about special disposal sites in their area.
Following are safety and regulatory guidelines for citizens concerning the management and cleanup of woody debris:
For buildings and structures, these basic safety tips are advised:
Local EMAs and other government officials can contact IDEM directly for technical assistance on managing debris and setting up special disposal sites.
For guidelines on managing emergency debris and emergency Disposal Site Certification, contact the Agricultural and Solid Waste Compliance Section toll free at any of the following numbers:
Emergency burning may not occur without approval from IDEM. For information and verbal approval to burn clean wood waste, vegetation, or deceased animals resulting from a disaster, please contact IDEM Office of Air Quality Compliance and Enforcement staff at the following numbers in the order listed until contact is made with an authorized person:
Following are links to additional information, and local and state resources for debris management:
Crawford County SWMD
700 South Indiana Avenue
P.O. Box 48
English, IN 47118
Phone: (812) 338-2728
Fax: (812) 338-2728 (please call before faxing)
Dubois County SWMD
1103 South County Road 350 West
Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: (812) 481-7040
Floyd County SWMD
3005 Grant Line Road
County Annex North
New Albany, IN 47150
Phone: (812) 948-4733
Fax: (812) 948-4712
Harrison County SWMD
3151 Progress Blvd
Corydon IN, 47112
Phone: (812) 738-8415
Fax: (812) 738-6505
Orange County SWMD
205 East Main Street, Suite 1
Paoli, IN 4745
Phone: (812) 723-3600, ext. 100
Fax: (812) 723-4556
Southeastern Indiana SWMD
Covers Scott, Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley, Jefferson, Switzerland, and Ohio counties
6556 North Shun Pike Road
Jefferson Proving Ground
Madison, IN 47250
Phone: (812) 574-4080
Toll Free: (800) 997-4793
Fax: (812) 574-4082
Washington County SWMD
99 Public Square, Suite 6
Salem, IN 47167
Phone: (812) 883-3039
Fax: (812) 883-5325
IDEM is providing technical and compliance assistance to public drinking water systems in damaged areas.
Drinking water operators and local officials who need IDEM assistance should contact IDEM's Drinking Water Branch at (800) 451-6027, ext. 4-7418 (toll free), or (317) 234-7418 (direct).
IDEM is not receiving reports of problems at wastewater treatment facilities in the damaged areas.
To request technical and compliance assistance, wastewater operators and local officials should contact IDEM's Office of Water Quality at (800) 451-6027, ext. 4-2579 (toll free) or (317) 234-2579 (direct).