St. Louis County Picking Up Storm Debris at Curbs

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –  Ten days after nine tornadoes tore through parts of our area, trucks are starting to rumble through the streets of north St. Louis County picking up storm debris.

More than 60 county highway department employees are now at work hauling away broken limbs.

Crews will be working on neighborhoods north and south of I-270. They will be removing branches, tree trunks sections and piles of sticks.   The County Traffic Department will be looking for debris placed near street curbs.

"Our forces are just going to be patrolling constantly throughout the designated area and picking up all the vegetative debris that has been left curbside," said highway department spokesman David Wrone.

Crews will not pick up anything more than six feet away from the curb, and if anything such as bricks and shingles are mixed in with it, you`re on your own.

Resident Donnie Vrable was happy with the timing.

"I was getting ready to cut the grass so it works out good," he said.

Despite the huge effort, the highway department says getting to every home could take a month.

"We can`t dedicate our entire force to this process but we`ve got as many people on it as we can and still maintain other services," Wrone said.

Once the county has picked up all the debris, it will take bids from contractors who will turn it into mulch.


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