Jun 04 2013

County To Remove Trees, Branches Knocked Down by Storm in Hard Hit Areas of Unincorporated St. Louis County


County To Remove Trees, Branches Knocked Down by Storm in Unincorporated St. Louis County

June 4, 2013

Next Monday (June 10, 2013), St. Louis County’s Department of Highways and Traffic will begin removing trees, branches and other vegetative debris wrenched loose in unincorporated North St. Louis County by last Friday’s powerful storm.

Work will be restricted to the large pocket of neighborhoods in unincorporated St. Louis County – both north and south of I-270 - that was particularly hard hit by last Friday’s tornado-force winds. The clean-up area is outlined in the map shown in this link.

Personnel with Highways and Traffic’s Division of Operations will remove any branches, chainsawed trunk sections, piles of sticks and other vegetative matter felled by the storm.

THE DEBRIS MUST BE PLACED BEHIND THE CURB BUT AS CLOSE TO THE CURB AS POSSIBLE. COUNTY FORCES WILL NOT ENTER PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Additionally, St. Louis County will not remove construction debris – or any other non-vegetative debris.

“We won’t be picking up shingles, two-by-fours, siding or bricks,” explained David Wrone, public information manager for the Departments of Highways and Traffic and Public Works. “If a pile of branches is intermingled with roofing tiles or strips of aluminum siding, our forces will skip that particular residence - and the disposal process will be up to the homeowner.”

The clean-up is expected to take at least one month to complete, Wrone said.

“This is a large-scale endeavor,” he continued. “Hundreds, if not thousands, of homes were affected. Consequently, it simply won’t be possible to tell a particular resident on what day and at what time our forces will be in her neighborhood. We’re asking everybody to get their vegetative debris to the back of the curb by next Monday morning.”