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City reminds all to be cautious about depressions, basements, and pools
The devastating tornado of May 22, 2011 changed Joplin’s landscape, and City officials caution all in the disaster area to be aware of potentially hazardous sites and landscapes, including depressions, basements, crawls spaces, in-ground pools and low-lying areas. These are not only unsafe due to the change of elevations that could cause trips and falls, but also these areas could collect water from rainfall and other water sources, creating a potential hazard for all who are near this standing water.
Officials remind citizens to secure these areas from the general public with temporary fencing in order to create awareness of the hazard as well as protect all who may go near these low-lying areas.
“We recognize that there are still sites with remaining basements, crawl spaces, swimming pools and such,” said Dan Pekarek, Joplin Health Director. “These indentions in the landscapes serve as natural buckets in holding water, and it is very important for residents to partition off these low-lying areas from anyone going on their property. This is not only a precaution for others, but also the property owner, as it will serve as a visual reminder to use caution and move slower near these hazardous locations.”
In addition, parents need to be mindful of the environment in which their children are playing and restrict their access to these areas, alerting them about these unsafe areas.
“Kids are naturally curious, so we want to ensure that everyone takes the proper precautions in this area to keep our community safe,” said Pekarek.
Property owners who have lots with these types of structures should continue their work to get these areas repaired, rebuilt, or removed, depending on their situation.
If you have any questions about the City’s work in the tornado recovery efforts, please contact the City at 417-627-2900 during regular business hours.