Tons of debris removed, thousands volunteer in first 10 days after tornado

In the first 10 days since a tornado struck the North Side, the City of Minneapolis and its partners have been working to help folks clean up, recover and get back on their feet following this devastating storm.

Tree debris removal
The City's Public Works crews and crews from the Minneapolis Park Board began removing tree debris from the North Side on Wednesday, May 25. To date, 4,424 dump truck loads of tree debris have been removed from the affected area. Tree debris removal will continue through June 10. After June 10, property owners can continue to use the City's regular yard waste services to get rid of small storm debris.

Volunteer efforts
Volunteers have been very instrumental in the initial tornado cleanup. Urban Homeworks, a local housing organization, helped coordinate the initial debris cleanup volunteer efforts on behalf of the City of Minneapolis. Urban Homeworks estimates that 3,000 volunteers have conducted debris assessments and cleanup at more than 3,500 homes in north Minneapolis. On June 1, the City of Minneapolis reached its goal of 2,000 volunteers to help with tree debris cleanup on Saturday, June 4.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross set up a shelter May 22 for families affected by the tornado and has hosted more than 600 overnight stays at the Northeast Armory and North Commons Community Center. To date, the Red Cross has had more than 300 disaster responders on the ground who have distributed more than 60,000 snacks and meals.

For more information on the City of Minneapolis tornado recovery efforts visit Minneapolis Recovers.

Published Jun. 2, 2011