Contacts:
Matt Laible, City of Minneapolis, 612-673-2786 
Dawn Sommers, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, 612-221-9155

City of Minneapolis and Park Board respond to storm damage

Focus is on safety and clearing streets; tree debris collection begins July 1 for residents         

June 22, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) The City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are working together to remove trees and reopen city streets following last night’s storm. A tree debris collection has also been planned for July 1-12 to help folks get rid of tree debris from their yards.

If there’s storm damage in your neighborhood, or if your area doesn’t have power, please check in with your neighbors, especially if they are elderly or may need assistance. With more storms in the forecast, please help your neighbors stay safe.

Downed power lines

Residents should stay away from downed power lines and report their location to Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they’re not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached. To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy’s outage line at 1-800-895-1999.

Traffic signals

Traffic signals are out in areas without power. It’s important for drivers to remember that if the signal at an intersection is not working, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Street flooding

This morning, there is still some localized street flooding in parts of town. City crews are out clearing catch basins where needed help the water better drain away into the storm sewer. If you have a catch basin along the curb at your home that’s clogged with leaves, folks can help by clearing those out, but only do so if you’re sure it’s safe.

Tree removal and reopening of streets

Park Board and City crews have been busy since 7 a.m. this morning assessing tree damage and removing trees to reopen streets. Major streets are their first priority, followed by secondary streets. Crews will continue to work through the weekend and as long as necessary until all streets are open and all damaged city boulevard trees have been removed.  To expedite the process, crews are bringing tree debris to a temporary transfer area t 37th Street and 5th Ave in Northeast Minneapolis before moving all materials to the Park Board’s site at Fort Snelling for processing.  

For information or to report a down tree blocking a sidewalk or street, please email forestry@minneapolisparks.org or call 612-313-7710. The Park Board’s Forestry Department has set up a storm response team to respond to calls today until 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 22 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.   

Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they’re not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-1999.Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they’re not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-1999.Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they’re not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-1999.Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they’re not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-1999.Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they’re not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-1999.Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they’re not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-1999.

Tree contractors

Since there are so many downed trees in yards throughout the city, many residents will be looking for a contractor to take care of the problem. It’s important to make sure the tree company you use is licensed, because unlicensed companies may not be insured for damage they might cause to your property, and their workers may not be properly trained to protect themselves and your property from damage. Here are some things residents should know when choosing a tree company:

Tree debris collection

Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought to the boulevard beginning July 1 through July 12 for properties affected by the storm. 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:

Park facilities

The Park Board’s primary focus is the safety of residents, clearing streets and removing downed boulevard trees. A number of the Park Board’s 47 recreation centers are without power and are closed. Columbia and Hiawatha golf courses are currently closed; all other courses are open with some limited access.  A number of park amenities such as fishing docks and trails have been impacted. More detailed updates on parks, recreation centers, and other amenities will be available later this afternoon. Visit www.minneapolisparks.org for updated information in the “News and Events” section and/or subscribe to get weather-related emails by clicking on the red envelope icon at www.minneapolisparks.org, submitting your email address and selecting the “Weather” topic.

 

 

Published Jun. 22, 2013