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Woodbury County sets July 27 community flood disaster meeting

By Staff | Jul 21, 2011

Sioux City – Iowa State University Extension in Woodbury County will be hosting a special live video conference from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sioux City Hotel and Conference Center (formerly known as the Clarion).

Dr. Ken Hellevang, an Extension engineer and disaster/flood expert, will provide information and answer questions on what residents can do immediately to lessen flood damage to their properties and homes.

“Dealing with Water or Dampness in Your Home or Basement” is the major topics that Hellevang will address.

Hellevang is a nationally known specialist in flood preparation and recovery including mold and moisture problems and has provided educational and technical assistance to several flooded Midwest regions including Eastern Iowa and North Dakota.

“We are really excited to be able to bring Hellevang’s expertise to the Sioux City region,” said Sherry McGill, Regional 5 Extension director.

“Video conferences are a very efficient way to bring the experts to you.

“We will have a very large screen available and attendees will be able to ask questions of Hellevang at the meeting.

“The goal is to get timely information out to folks in the area when they need it the most.”

Hellevang is known for his trainings that cover the basics of step-by-step processes and procedures for cleaning a flood damaged home or building, including information on structural evaluation, utilities, what can be saved and what needs to be thrown away, and the sequence of removing materials and cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

There is no admission fee to attend this event.

Publications will be available and Extension staff will be on hand to answer questions.

For additional information contact the ISU Extension-Woodbury County at (712) 276-2157.

Readers can also visit the Iowa State University Extension Flood Resources Site at:


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