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:

Furniture disposal

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.

Extra Garbage

After the recent heavy rain you may have extra, wet garbage. As part of your regular garbage service:

Debris removal/dumpsters

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.

Report problems

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.

Remodeling work

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