City Offers Tips For Property Owners Affected By Aug 1 Storm

During the afternoon of Aug 1, 2011, a severe storm passed through Golden Valley, downing trees, damaging private property, and causing power outages. In addition, some areas of localized flooding have been reported.

The City’s main priorities after major storms are to clear streets and right-of-ways of downed trees and storm debris, maintain the safety of public property, and monitor Bassett Creek for significant obstructions. If you have questions about a downed tree in Golden Valley obstructing the right-of-way, contact Golden Valley Public Works at 763-593-8030.

Tips For Homeowners

Downed and damaged trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. Contact your garbage hauler or a tree removal service for clean-up assistance. For information about yard waste disposal sites, go to www.goldenvalleymn.gov/homeyard/yards/waste.

If your home was damaged in the storm, contact your insurance company as soon as possible. When hiring someone to do repairs on your property, be sure to work with a licensed contractor. It’s wise to get more than one bid, and always ask for a license, proof of insurance, and a business card (by law, all advertising and business cards must contain a license number). Once you have a license number, you can verify current licensing with the Department of Labor and Industry (651-284-5065 or 1-800-342-5354).

Make sure contractors obtains the proper building permits for the work they will be completing for you. If you’re doing the repairs yourself, apply for the building permits as soon as possible. Permit information and forms are available at the Golden Valley Inspections Department in City Hall or online at www.goldenvalleymn.gov/permits.

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