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Clean-up efforts underway in Metropolis
Despite the damage that near-record flood waters have caused in Metropolis, the 33rd Annual Superman Celebration will take place June 9-12 as planned. Metropolis Tourism Director Angie Shelton explains that at this time, the only event to be cancelled is the Superman Road Race. Much of the course for this race is inside Fort Massac and along streets where flooding has occurred.
But as one event is cancelled, Superman fans will learn of a new addition to the Celebration this week. The announcement of a special celebrity guest will be made on Wednesday in The Metropolis Planet, on SupermanCelebration.net and on Metropolis Tourism's facebook page.
As the flood waters are starting to slowly go down, the determination of the Metropolis community to work together and overcome this tragic event is rising. Residents of the city and county, young and old, have come together to help their neighbors through this challenging time.
During the 2010 Superman Celebration, the official home of Superman welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 23 foreign countries. Metropolis is looking forward to hosting thousands of visitors again in June. Currently, two hotels are closed due to the flooding, Baymont Inn and Suites and Harrah's. Harrah's ground floor level was spared from the flood, but Baymont was not as fortunate. Hotel reopening information will be posted as soon as it is available on MetropolisTourism.com.
"We have heard from Superman fans across the country asking what they can do to help," says Shelton. Anyone who would like to assist with flood clean-up efforts may contribute to the Metropolis Rotary Club Clean-Up Drive.
The Rotary Club is collecting clean-up supplies for flood victims at two Metropolis locations: Banterra Bank parking lot at 101 West Eighth St. and Shawnee Community College/Metro Center at 5385 Industrial Park Blvd. Individuals and groups are invited to bring supplies to either location on Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Banterra Bank and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Metro Center.
Suggested items are: bleach, Lysol and other cleaners/disinfectants, liquid laundry detergent, mops, brooms, buckets, rags, sponges,industrial paper towels, scrub brushes and scouring pads. Also: disposable gloves,yellow latex gloves, rakes, trash bags, work gloves, goggles, masks, paint brushes and rollers, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellant, band aids, hand sanitizer and first aid cream.
Donations are being accepted to assist with this effort. Checks may be made to Metropolis Rotary Club and mailed to: Metropolis Rotary Club, P.O. Box 472, Metropolis, IL 62960.
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