Crews Finishing Storm Cleanup in Friday Sun

By Forrest Saunders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — City officials have an idea how many trees were damaged by Monday night’s storms.

That evening winds topping 70 miles per hour smacked into the southwest side of town. Cleanup crews spent the week clearing broken branches and toppled trunks from yards and roads.

Officials with public works estimated about 300 truckloads of debris have been dumped at a facility near Mount Trashmore. They said that equals at least 400 tons of tree debris, enough the public will notice.

“If you go into some of the neighborhoods [Friday] compared to Tuesday, you will see a significant difference,” said Craig Hanson, the city’s public works maintenance manager.

Solid Waste Agency will be recycling the 400 tons of trees, turning them into compost.

l Comments: (319) 368-8610; forrest.saunders@kcrg.com

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