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REMINDER DEADLINE: Rural Residents Must Place Organic Storm Debris in Right-of-Way by Nov. 9
Linn County residents living in unincorporated Linn County must place their organic debris from the August 10 derecho in the right-of-way (ROW) by November 9, 2020 to guarantee removal by Linn County’s debris removal contractor. Due to the widespread area of unincorporated Linn County, debris removal may occur in the days following the deadline; however, November 9 is the last day to guarantee removal.
While not required, rural residents are encouraged to call Linn County Engineering at 319-892-6400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org when their debris is placed in the ROW to assist in identifying areas ready for pickup.
Self-haul County Sites to Close Nov. 16
Linn County’s four self-haul organic debris drop-off sites (listed below) will close to the public permanently on November 16 at 5 p.m. There is no charge to residents to drop off their organic storm debris at these four Linn County locations. These drop-off sites are open only to residents of unincorporated Linn County due to FEMA reimbursement requirements. These sites are open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset through November 16. The Solid Waste Agency remains an option for debris disposal.
Open Burning Reminder
Linn County has extended the burn permit deferment for storm debris in unincorporated Linn County through December 31, 2020. This action allows the open burning of storm-related landscape waste, including trees and tree trimmings in unincorporated Linn County outside of the city limits of Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha without a permit through the end of the year. However, open burning is not allowed within the half-mile buffer zone around the cities of Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha, which is zoned as Urban Services Residential (USR) or otherwise incorporated. Certain conditions must be followed to help limit adverse air quality impacts and reduce risk to surrounding property. These conditions are listed on Linn County’s website at LinnCounty.org/Storm. Linn County Public Health reminds the public that it is illegal to burn waste, including storm debris, within the city limits of Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha. Please contact your city hall for additional information regarding local open burning ordinances.
Visit LinnCounty.org/Storm for more storm-related information.