Golden Valley Cleans Up After Storms, Prepares For More Weather
June 24, 2013
As Golden Valley continues to clean up after the storms that hit town June 20-22, the National Weather Service forecasts more thunderstorms for the Twin Cities metro area through Thursday, June 27. During and after a storm, the City remains focused on safety and asks the public for patience and assistance.
Power Outages and Public Safety Issues
Many areas of Golden Valley experienced power outages and some are still waiting for power to be restored. To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, call Xcel Energy‘s outage line 1-800-895-1999.
If you see a downed power line, stay away from it, report it to Xcel Energy and call 911. Golden Valley police and firefighters will assess the situation and secure the area.
Drinking Water Supply
The Joint Water Commission (JWC) Cities of Golden Valley, Crystal, and New Hope remain under essential-use-only water conservation measures until the Crystal pumping station has been restored to operation. The JWC’s two pumping stations lost power during the storm but were quickly restored, only to have damage occur at the Crystal station, resulting in extended water conservation requirements (get details here).
There are hundreds of downed and damaged trees throughout Golden Valley on both public and private property. To help residents more easily dispose of tree debris, the City opened a temporary tree debris drop off site at 9305 10th Ave and will begin a curbside brush pickup Monday, July 1 (get details here).
City parks are open as crews work to clear tree debris from parks and trails on a priority basis. Because of the saturated turf, crews must work carefully to avoid further damaging the parks. For safety’s sake, stay away from downed trees and don’t allow children to climb or play on them. To report a downed tree blocking a public street or sidewalk, call 911.
Golden Valley crews continue to monitor City storm sewer facilities and Bassett Creek, noting numerous clogged catch basins and more than 20 downed trees in the creek. Crews are clearing obstructions on a priority basis and ask citizens to help keep catch basins clear of debris so water can drain from the streets.
For public and personal safety purposes, don’t drive on flooded streets, and never drive around barricades. To report a flooded street that may be impassable, call 911.
Tips For Homeowners
If your home is damaged in a 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 your contractor 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 .