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Archive for June 21st, 2011

Ottawa Asking FEMA For Help Again

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2011

It looks like Ottawa will again ask FEMA for help.

City Engineer Dave Noble says they’ll try to get federal assistance for flooded basements that plagued the south side of town Sunday night into Monday morning.  To help their case, Noble wants anyone affected to go to the city website “cityofottawa.org” and provide details on their situation.

Noble calls the flooding earlier this week an “historic rain event” where three to four inches of rain fell in 35 minutes.  He told one flooded out homeowner at last night’s city council meeting that the city is frustrated as well and is doing what it can to help.

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Theives steal from school construction site

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2011

A pair of generators and a concrete saw were stolen from a construction site in Ottawa.  Crews working on the new Central School noticed the items were missing Friday morning.

Also stolen were copper piping and fittings and a large hammer drill.  No one has been arrested.

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Asbestos removal at powerhouse expected to resume Wednesday

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2011

Asbestos removal is expected to resume at the old powerhouse on Water Street in Peru.  Work was on pause because A-Unified, the company that owns the building and is preparing it for demolition, apparently hadn’t paid the company that they hired for asbestos removal.

Peru Electric Department Supervisor Jim Potthoff expects the asbestos removal crew to resume Wednesday.

A-Unified plans to salvage and sell what’s valuable in the building and then have it torn down before selling it back to the city.

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Streator Hospital Cutting Staff And Services

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2011

28 full-time jobs are being cut at St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator.

St. Mary’s President and CEO Joanne Felton says because of a struggling economy, diminishing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and an increased number of uninsured patients, they’re cutting audiology, support care and athletic training as of July 22nd.  Hospital officials also hope to eventually discontinue their skilled nursing unit and adult day care services before the year is over.  Fenton says they’ve called area nursing homes and she thinks there are enough places available to handle patients needing skilled nursing.

As for the workers losing their jobs, Fenton says they will get severance packages, get access to employee assistance for six months, and insurance extensions.  She says patients won’t notice a change in care.

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Bus With Kids Onboard Involved In Crash Near Wyanet

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2011

Wyanet fire and ambulance departments are responding to a car and bus crash.

The crash happened around 7:45 this morning along the Wyanet/Walnut blacktop.  A police dispatcher says the bus has kids on board.

More details as they become available.

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