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Posted on: July 12, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Storm Recovery Update

The City’s storm event clean up continues, yet much work is still needed to be done.

As of Friday, July 8, 2016, all City streets had been opened up to traffic, from downed wires and fallen trees creating blockage. The City has worked with Loup Power District in these efforts.

City crews will continue to work on the storm clean-up efforts. These crews for clean-up have been made up of staff from the Streets, Water Utilities, Water Production, and Wastewater Treatment, Police Department and Airport staff members, as well as private contractors on the chipping and hauling efforts. Parks and golf course staff are working on removing tree debris and unsafe tree limbs from within the City parks and golf courses and working to returning venues to normalcy.

As the City looks to continue these cleanup efforts, the public is reminded that city crews will be going street by street clearing tree debris from within the public right-of-way. This right-of-way is generally defined as that area between the back of the sidewalk on either side of the street in towards the street and/or 30 feet either side from the center of the street. The public is responsible for the clean-up and removal of tree debris fallen from and on private property.

Again, the City’s Transfer Station is open from 8:45 AM until 5 PM through Saturday, July 16, 2016, for a No Charge Storm Tree Debris Drop-off to the general public and they are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of their tree debris by that date. Contracted tree and yard waste services will be required to pay normal drop-off fees. Over 1050 tons of debris has been taken in and processed since the storm event.

Citizens are again asked to be patient with this clean-up effort, as hundreds of trees and limbs need to be removed and picked up from this storm event that have either fallen and/or been uprooted and it is equally important to be safe as this work is undertaken.

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