MASON CITY, Iowa - Mohawk Square in Mason City will be closed until further notice.
The structure, which houses many businesses, sustained damage to its roof after heavy rainfall over the weekend. That includes the Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health, DHS, the Mason City Housing Authority and Legal Aid to name a few. Now people are wondering where to go and who to contact for important services. Each agency has its own plan of action and we're finding some are easier to reach than others.
For the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, the goal is to be operational, at a temporary location within 24 hours.
"We have a team out there that's looking for an alternative location for us, something that would work with our clinics things like that that we can just set up for right now to be able to provide those services," says Kara Ruge, Public Information Officer with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health.
But the first priority was saving their costly vaccines.
"We were able to work with the fire department to get one person up there we were able to get the vaccines, follow the proper process in removing those vaccines and were able to get them to Mercy to be stored safely," she says.
Despite the chaos it caused, Kara Ruge and her team at public health are happy everyone is okay.
"This could have gone a lot differently had it happened during the week," says Ruge.
Cerro Gordo County Public Health: Main phone line is restored so the public can contact them at 641-421-9300. The search for a temporary location continues but they say they hope to have more information about that on Tuesday.
Legal Aid: New temporary address: 520 S Pierce, Suite 212, Mason City, IA 50401. Working on getting phone lines restored.
Housing Authority: Phone number is 641-421-2711.
Cerro Gordo County DHS Office: Phone number is 641-228-5713
Department of Correctional Services: Temporarily located to Beje Clark Residential Center at 818 15th St. SW. Temporary phone number is 641-422-3831
Juvenile Court Services: Temporarily moved to the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse at 220 North Washington Avenue. All meetings scheduled with a juvenile court officer will temporarily be moved to the basement of the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse. Juvenile court services staff members may be reached at the Cerro Gordo Courthouse and on their work cell phone.
Elderbridge Agency on Aging: Temporarily moving to County Social Services building at 3, 4th St. NE. If anyone is in need of information, counseling, or assistance with local home and community based services call 800-243-0678.