The Gazette covers City Hall, now a flood-damaged icon on May's Island in the Cedar River

Port ‘O’ Jonnys to populate flood-hit neighborhoods at least through the end of 2009

In City Hall, Floods on May 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Call the Port ‘O’ Jonny a testament to the fact that there is much yet to do in the city’s flood-hit neighborhoods.

The city has agreed to extend what it calls its “emergency” contract with the portable toilet company to provide portable toilets in the cities flood-damaged neighborhoods through the end of the year.

The anticipated cost, which will be paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is $320,000.

In a memo to the City Council, city staff notes that that FEMA initially provided portable toilets only to abruptly withdraw them in September 2008, three months after last June’s flood.

Port ‘O’ Jonny, which already had a contract with the city, agreed to step in and replace what FEMA had provided. Currently, the city has 132 units in the flood-affected areas, a number it expects will decline as rebuilding areas continue.

Port ‘O’ Jonny charges $70.17 per month per unit plus a $25 charge each time a unit is serviced.

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