LEOMINSTER — The city is calling out to residents to fill out flood damage forms that may provide them with funds to cover damage caused by the Sept. 11-13 flooding, removing an earlier Sept. 29 deadline. Even if repairs have already been made, city officials say it’s still very important that residents or businesses submit the online forms for any damage sustained.
The city needs as much information as possible to determine if the county will be eligible for federal programs like FEMA and the Small Business Administration, according to the online damage form.
Mayor Dean Mazzarella said that people can disregard the Sept. 29 deadline that is still referenced in the online form, as there is no deadline now.
“[Fill out the form] as soon as possible, we need to reach a minimum and we can use everybody,” Mazzarella said.
In preparation for the cold weather, Mazzarella said that they are looking to assist the remaining residents with boilers and/or furnaces still damaged from the flood to ensure the utilities will be working by the winter.
As far as addressing all of the crucial roadways damaged from the flood, he said crews should be finishing up the last of the work soon.
“[Mechanic Street] is still one lane right now and that should be open by the end of this week,” said Mazzarella.
Below is the complete list of flood relief resources from the city of Leominster:
Cleanup and debris removal
AKS Transfer Station, 978-362-4012, Residents can bring stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, trash compactors and water heaters for free. Proof of residency is required. Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers AND Microwaves cost approximately $40.
There are many recycling options for electronics in the area. Do not place these items at your curbside. AKS Recycling & Transfer Station will take TV sets and computer monitors for $39.50. Console TVs for $58. You can also call Raw Materials Recovery Corp. at 978-730- 8266 or Blue Knife Recycling at 978-906-5520 for pricing and options. BJ’s Wholesale has the cheapest tire disposal and Staples and Best Buy take electronics.
Bulk item pick up
Remember – Residents can put out 1 bulky item each week at the curb. This applies to the residents who receive curbside collection. This does not apply to apartment complexes, condominiums, and buildings that have 5 or more apartments, as well as mixed-use buildings.
Bulk Items are limited to upholstered and wooden furniture, mattresses, box springs, rolled rugs (less than 5-feet long and less than 50 pounds) and large plastic toys. This does not include metal or plastic furniture, pieces of wood or other construction and or demolition materials.
Residents may put out one bulk item per week with their rubbish and recycling. A mattress and box spring is one item, a table and chairs would also be considered to be one item. A couch, a stuffed chair, an ottoman or other large pieces are considered to be one item as well.
Tenants should be contacting Legal Aid for questions regarding what their landlord is exactly responsible for. Below is Legal Aid’s contact information: Community Legal Aid, Fitchburg Office, 515 Main St., 3rd Floor. Our intake hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and Wednesday, 1:30-4:15 p.m.
For residents that prefer to call, they can reach us at (978) 516-5155. Leave them a message and they call you back. Online applications can be found at CommunityLegal.org/Get-Help.
MassHire Rapid Response helps businesses and workers affected by disasters of all kinds. It responds immediately and coordinates with local governments, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA), and others. Phone is (617) 438-7841. Email is email@example.com, https://bit.ly/3r9Sbys.
MSPCA-Angell – Call or text to the Community Outreach Team at (617) 213-0961.
Food and clothing assistance
Ginny’s Helping Hand and Food Pantry and the Jay Moody HVAC team are collecting donations of non-perishable food, personal items, diapers and clothing. Anyone who has been impacted by the storms can go and pick up clothes or food for free.
Bring non-perishable food, personal items, diapers and clothing to Ginny’s at 52 Mechanic St.
To schedule a donation pickup of non-perishable food and diapers, call Jay Moody HVAC at (978) 534-9483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community members are also welcome to drop off non-perishable food and diapers at their office 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at 40 Albert Drive, Leominster.