Tuesday, June 21, 2016

City Crews Collect More Than 700 Tons of Thunderstorm Debris


~ East Richmond Road landfill is target location for residents’ debris removal efforts ~

City of Richmond crews reported that a total of 711 tons of debris had been removed from City streets since storm recovery efforts began. With the exception of Willow and 2nd streets, all City streets are now passable. 

The City’s arborist has begun to measure the storms impact on the existing tree inventory to determine what additional trees may have to be removed for safety.

The City’s recovery effort includes code enforcement work. City officials have surveyed hundreds of properties to ensure public safety and are identifying those properties that will require repair.

Byrd Park, which initially had been closed due to downed wires and trees, is now open during regular hours. Bryan Park remains closed as clean-up continues in that area. Battery Park Pool remains closed at this time.

At Bellevue and Hermitage roads, the traffic signal remains out. Temporary signalization will be installed by Friday, weather permitting. Motorist should continue to treat this intersection as a four-way stop. In other areas, city crews are continuing to check intersections and roadways for damaged signs, minor malfunctions or skewed apparatus and making the necessary adjustments.

The East Richmond Road landfill is open and operating on its regular schedule from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring storm related debris to that location. Residents can also place yard debris, such as limbs and brush, near their property line at the curb or near the alley for collection. If at all possible, large limbs and trees should be cut into manageable sizes to make the removal process easier and quicker. However, leave large jobs to professionals. Yard debris should not be placed in the street, alley or on the sidewalk.