Public Works & Utilities officials provided an update on cleanup efforts from last week’s wind storm during a Tuesday morning briefing at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
City officials reminded residents that City crews will pick up broken tree limbs only if the limbs have fallen from City-owned trees onto City property or City easement, such as the grassy strip between the sidewalk and street.
City crews do not plan to pick up limbs and debris from trees owned by property owners, including limbs that property owners have pulled from other parts of their yard and stacked near the street.
City crews plan to make only one pass through affected areas. Residents can track progress of the City’s cleanup effort by viewing a map at www.wichita.gov
. The map will be updated daily during the week.
City officials said there are at least 18 crews, working Monday through Friday, on the cleanup. There are as many as five employees working on each crew. Public Works & Utilities officials said all City streets are now passable but the clearing and hauling of broken limbs will take up to three more weeks. Additionally, Park & Recreation crews are focusing on cutting hanging limbs to minimize falling branches from City-owned trees. The Park & Recreation crews are also clearing tree limbs from City parks.
As of July 3, courtesy of Sedgwick County government, Wichita area residents can haul debris such as broken limbs from trees from last Thursday’s storm to a site on the east side of 63rd Street South and Meridian at the Big Ditch.
The dumping site is open to residents of other cities in the county and those who live in unincorporated areas but residents are warned not to take advantage of the privilege. The site will open the afternoon of July 3, and will be open 24 hours a day.
The site is where the county accepted storm debris from the 1999 Haysville tornado. The county later will burn the debris.
Sedgwick County officials urged residents to dump only storm debris such as tree branches and not bring trash or items such as refrigerators and tires.
A list of licensed solid waste haulers is provided at www.wichita.gov
. Search for “solid waste” to access the list. Residents can also haul their own storm debris to one of four disposal sites listed below.
4100 N West Street
4250 W. 37th Street North
Waste Connections Transfer Station
4300 W. 37th Street North
Waste Disposal Transfer Station
5550 W. 55th Street South