The City of Wichita is assisting residents after the storm by providing the following information regarding debris removal, traffic safety and scams.
Due to the large volume of the debris from the storm overnight, the City has made it possible for residents to drop off storm debris at Brooks Construction and Demolition Landfill for free. The public may drop off storm debris through the close of business Tuesday, April 7 at no charge.
Because Brooks is a C&D landfill, accepted storm debris is limited to roofing materials, wood, wood products, wall or floor coverings, plaster, drywall, plumbing fixtures, electrical wiring, electrical components containing no hazardous materials and non-asbestos insulation.
All loads are screened by the landfill operator. Loads containing any unapproved waste will be rejected. Household hazardous wastes will not be accepted. All other C&D waste is subject to regular tipping fees.
The landfill is open M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 5pm and will be open extended hours on Saturday, April 4 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the Brooks Landfill at (316) 722-0601. Residents are also encouraged to contact their normal haulers for additional assistance with debris removal.
There is one road significant road closure to report. Woodlawn is closed from Mainsgate to K-96. However those traveling to Galicia Hospital will be allowed access to the hospital. There are officers on site providing traffic control.
The Wichita Police Department asks residents to be mindful of barricades and closed streets. The barricades are used to protect the public from hazardous conditions such as downed power lines and damaged poles in the roads. It is against the law to drive around a barricade or on a closed street. If drivers encounter an intersection where the traffic signals are not functioning, the intersection must be treated as a four-way stop. Please exercise caution while driving.
Tips to Avoid Scams:
The Wichita Police Department also reminds residents to be wary of any unsolicited contractors who offer “great deals” to clean up storm debris or make home repairs. They usually want to be paid up front and will disappear after collecting the money without doing the work. In some cases, the work is done poorly and would never pass a code inspection. To avoid becoming the victim of a scam, ask to see the contractor’s license issued by the City. This will ensure the work will be done to code and will help reduce the chances of being scammed.
The Jabara Airport has resumed operations after being shut down to debris on the runway.
Power has been restored to the Comotara Library branch. The branch is expected to open at 1:30 p.m. today.