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Mayor Announces Targeted Flood Damage Drop-offs

Thursday August 6, 2009

3 drop-off sites for hardest-hit areas;
4 citywide drop-off days at landfill
See map of drop-off sites (900 KB PDF file)

Mayor Abramson announced that beginning August 7 residents living in areas that suffered the heaviest rainfall this week will have three sites to drop off flood-damaged household goods at no cost. Citizens may also dispose of damaged items at the Waste Management Landfill at 2673 Outer Loop over the next two weekends for $16 per pickup truck load.

“It is imperative that people get these wet items out of their basements and living quarters as soon as possible,” Abramson said. “Letting those soaked household goods stay inside the house just invites mold and mildew growth, which can be hazardous to your family’s health.”

Three Neighborhood Drop-off Sites to Open Friday

City officials pored over rainfall maps and corresponding flooding reports to determine where to locate three flood drop-off sites. Most of the heaviest rain and corresponding damage was downtown, toward the city’s western edge, and south toward Shively. Based on that data, the drop-off locations were chosen for ease of access for residents of those flooded areas.

The free drop-off sites will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, beginning Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 16. Gates will close promptly at 8 p.m. Sites will be staffed 24 hours a day to make sure items are not dumped outside of the scheduled hours. Each site will have several large dumpsters to deposit flood damaged household goods.

Residents must unload their own vehicles.

The three sites are:

  • Morris-Forman Treatment Plant, 4522 Algonquin Parkway
  • Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Green Parking Lot, Floyd Street just south of Central Ave.
  • Old Phillip Morris Plant parking lot, 18th and Broadway

Acceptable flood damaged items include:

  • Furniture
  • Carpeting
  • Clothing
  • Appliances (there will be a special dumpster for appliances with Freon, such as refrigerators and air conditioning units)

Unacceptable items include:

  • Yard waste and tree limbs
  • Construction materials
  • Tires
  • Raw garbage

No contractors will be allowed to dump items at the free drop-off sites. Commercial vehicles, vehicles larger than a pickup truck or those with trailers larger than 8 feet will not be allowed on the sites. License plates will be verified for residency; no out of town vehicles will be allowed to visit these sites.

Low-cost Drop-off at Outer Loop Landfill for Next Two Weekends

Citizens who are unable to dispose of flood damaged items through their regular garbage collection may take it to the Waste Management Landfill at 2673 Outer Loop.

The landfill will be open the next two weekends: August 8-9, and August 15-16.

Hours are Saturdays 12 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pickup trucks and passenger vehicles may dump at the landfill for $16 per load.

Larger vehicles, including double-axle trucks and trailers exceeding 8 feet will be charged $30 per ton (one-ton minimum). Residents who bring a pickup truck and a trailer will be charged twice; first, the pickup truck rate of $16, and then per-ton rate will apply to the trailer.

Commercial trucks and contractors will be charged the standard commercial rate.

The list of acceptable and unacceptable items is the same as above with two exceptions:

  • will allow raw garbage in bags
  • will not allow appliances with Freon

Waste Reduction Center Continues Normal Operations

People who wish to dispose of bulk waste throughout the year may take up to three household items, at no charge, to the Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Ave. Hours of operation are Tuesday - Friday, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Regular guidelines apply. Visit the Solid Waste Management website at or call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000 for information.

Metro United Way organizing cleanup crews

Metro United Way is collecting names of people in need and people wishing to volunteer to help clear storm debris and clean flood-damaged buildings. Volunteers will be trained and assigned by the member organizations of Kentucky and Indiana VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).

Citizens who need help may call Metro United Way at 292-6115 or visit Callers will get an answering machine – please leave your contact information so volunteers may call back. All callers will be called back within 24 hours.

Volunteers may register at or call 292-6107. Non-profit organizations may also register volunteer groups on that website.