COUNCIL BLUFFS — Demolition or debris removal at 37 flood-damaged dwellings along the Missouri River could begin in about a month with Council Bluffs City Council approval tonight.
Almost all of the dwellings are located either on Emil Lane or Gifford Road in the southern portion of the city. One dwelling is located on North 41st Street.
All the buildings sustained major damage during the floods of 2011.
“There is no way they could be rebuilt,” said Steve Carmichael, the city’s chief building official. Structures sustaining more than 50 percent damage from a flood must be removed, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency standards for flood mitigation efforts, Carmichael said.
Some dwellings have already been torn down, but large debris or foundation frames still remain, he said.
Ten of the buildings must have asbestos removed first, Carmichael said.
His office has recommended that the council accept the National Concrete Co.’s bid of $208,960 for the demolition and $7,700 for asbestos removal. Another firm, D & D Construction, had a lower demolition bid — $156,344.71 — but did not submit a bid for asbestos.
Unless the council rejects both offers and seeks new bids, the company awarded the contract would have 30 days to start demolition, with completion within 90 days, Carmichael said.
FEMA will pay 75 percent of the cost, the state 10 percent and the city will pay the remaining 15 percent, Carmichael said.