Special cleanup scheduled for North Side tornado tree debris

Minneapolis continues to assess damage and clear streets and alleys following yesterday’s tornado on the North Side of Minneapolis. Public Works and Park Board crews are working to make streets passable. As that work progresses, the City and Park Board will offer a tree debris pickup service for property owners in the affected area.

Public Works and Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought to the boulevard beginning Wednesday, May 25 through June 10 for properties affected by the tornado in the city west of Interstate 94 and north of Highway 55 (Olson Memorial Highway). This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning.  It is only for tree debris, not construction or other materials.

Here's how residents in the area can prepare downed trees and branches for collection:

Clearing other debris

If you have debris from a building, such as your home or business, contain the debris until you can properly dispose of it. Eliminate hazards, such projecting pieces, broken glass or anything overhead that has come loose. Protect debris from the wind and from anyone who may come along and disturb it. If you have concerns about asbestos in your building debris, contact the Minnesota Department of Health asbestos program at (651) 201-4620 or at health.asbestos@state.mn.us.

Published May 23, 2011