Storm-tipped tree stump removal and sidewalk repairs begin this week

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will begin removing tree stumps remaining from the June 2013 storms beginning the week of September 3. Once the stumps are removed, the City of Minneapolis will repair sidewalks and curbs damaged by tipped stumps at no charge to residents.

The late June storms toppled more than 3,000 park and boulevard trees throughout the City. During the days and weeks following the storm, Park Board and City crews worked around the clock to open streets, remove downed and damaged boulevard trees and haul away residential tree debris. More than 2,300 semi truckloads of tree debris was removed from across Minneapolis between June 22 and the end of July. During the month of August, University of Minnesota researchers photographed and inventoried the addresses of nearly 800 stumps, looking for patterns that could help foresters and arborists better understand why some trees of the same age and type fell and others did not. The researcher’s documentation will also be used as part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s FEMA application process.

With the University’s work nearly complete, the Park Board will work with a local contractor to extract the tipped stumps, load and haul them away, and fill the resulting hole with clean soil. Shortly after tipped stumps are safely removed, the City of Minneapolis will begin repairing damaged sidewalks and curbs.

The stump extraction does require the use of large machinery and may temporary close some streets while the work is being done.

The Park Board estimates it will take four weeks to remove all of the tipped stumps. The City’s goal is to have all sidewalk and curb repairs completed by November 1.

Published Sep. 3, 2013