What to do with furniture, possessions, garbage if your basement flooded during recent rains
With Minneapolis experiencing a very wet spring and summer, some residents have been dealing with flooding in their basements that may have damaged their possessions. For folks dealing with flooded basements, and water-logged/damaged furniture, carpets and other items, there are options:
The City’s solid waste and recycling crews will pick up large furniture items like couches, sofas and recliners on your recycling or garbage day. Items are also accepted at the South Transfer Station with a voucher. The City’s website has a What-To-Do-List if folks need information about how to dispose of certain items.
After the recent heavy rain you may have extra, wet garbage. As part of your regular garbage service:
- You may place up to two extra garbage bags or boxes of garbage next to your garbage cart.
- Items must not fall apart or break when crews pick them up.
- Each bag or box must weigh less than 40 pounds.
- If you use boxes for extra garbage, these will not be returned.
Some folks may decide to rent a dumpster to get rid debris and damaged property. If you do rent a dumpster and decide to have it placed on the street in front of your home, you will need a permit. A street use permit is required when placing a dumpster or storage unit in the street or public right-of-way.
If you’re renting your house and find that your landlord is not dealing with problems in your basement, contact 311 or report the problem online.
If remodeling work is needed in your basement, a permit may be required. Visit the City’s website to learn more about the permitting process.
Published Jun 27, 2014