Thursday, March 13, 1997
Relief sites closing

St. Vincent de Paul Society will stop accepting flood relief donations at its eight stores after Friday. Donations can be taken to the group's Queensgate warehouse at 1125 Bank St.

Hours for collection Saturday and Sunday will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The warehouse also is open 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

The society is looking for able-bodied volunteers to help load and unload donated goods. Call 421-0602.

Getting federal aid

President Clinton has declared 53 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana disaster areas, and residents and business owners in those areas are eligible for emergency financial relief.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a hot line that will coordinate flood assistance.

Telephone: (800) 462-9029.

TDD users should call (800) 462-7585.

Calls will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

When calling to apply, have the following information available to reduce processing time:

Current phone number.

Address at the time of the flood and the address where you now are staying.

Your Social Security number.

A general list of damages and losses suffered.

Good directions to the property that was damaged.

If insured, your insurance policy number or the agent's number and company name.

General financial information.

Trash haulers

Appliance, furniture and flooring experts advise homeowners to discard most items that have had contact with floodwaters.

But what should be done with refrigerators, carpeting or other large household items too big for normal trash pickup?

Some municipal and county officials are advising residents to call their regular trash hauler.

Some Tristate residential haulers:

BFI, 771-4200.

CSI of Northern Kentucky, 371-1740.

Rumpke, 742-2900.

Cincinnati residents in flooded areas can call the Public Works Department, 591-6000.

The department will add staff to field calls. It also will arrange pickups or advise about temporary drop-off sites.

Getting your mail

Two post offices in flood-stricken areas reopened Wednesday, but several remain closed, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

New Richmond and Chilo offices reopened Wednesday.

Moscow Post Office will continue at the Washington Township Municipal Building on Ohio 756.

Neville residents can continue to get mail at Postmaster Janet Blackburn's home at 356 Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road.

Residents of Ripley can receive their mail at Ripley-Union High School off U.S. 52.

Falmouth, Ky., residents can receive full service from a mobile unit in the Pendleton County High School parking lot. Non-deliverable mail can be picked up there.

In Constance, Ky., residents can get their mail at the Hebron Office at 1684 Petersburg Road.

California, Ky., residents can receive service in the parking lot of the Mentor Church on Ky. 8.

Sanders, Ky., operations will continue at the Sparta, Ky., office at Ky. 35 and 465.

To volunteer

Adams County's Main Distribution Center needs donations and volunteers. Call (937) 544-3897.

Aurora residents and property owners needing assistance from volunteer laborers can call the Aurora Clean-Up Command Center, (812) 926-1682.

American Red Cross, 579-3000.

Certified electricians are needed in Cincinnati to help with inspections of flood-damaged buildings. Call 352-3262.

Salvation Army, call 762-5600 for nearest location.

To send donations

The state of Ohio has set up a toll-free donations hot line for people offering services, goods and money. Call (888) 356-6364.

American Red Cross, Cincinnati Area Chapter, 720 Sycamore St., Cincinnati 45202.

Salvation Army, Box 596, Cincinnati 45201. Please mark envelope ''Ohio Floods.''

Operation Help. Adopt-a-family program. Seeking donations and volunteers. Call 564-9145.

4-H Patriots of Milford will have a food/clothing drive Saturday at Perintown United Methodist Church on U.S. 50. Call 831-6089.

Food or other items

Ohio

FreeStore/FoodBank is taking donations at Mayerson Food Distribution Center, 1250 Tennessee Ave., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Monetary donations can be mailed to FreeStore/FoodBank, 40 E. McMicken, Cincinnati 45210.

Operation Help needs volunteers and financial assistance. 564-9145.

Kentucky

Northern Kentucky fire departments and city offices.

Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK); donations to TANK office, 3375 Madison Pike in Fort Wright, or TANK office in Mercantile Arcade, downtown Cincinnati. Call 341-8265.

Cold Spring-Crestview Fire Department, 4113 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring, and Plum Creek Christian Church on U.S. 27 are shelters and collection points.

Indiana

Switzerland County Flood Relief Fund at Peoples Bank and Trust Co., 402 Ferry St. Vevay. (812) 427-3249.

WKID-FM, 118 W. Main St., Vevay. (812) 427-9590.

Patriot Baptist Church, Patriot. Call: (812) 594-2464 or (812) 594-2397.

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