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The original item was published from 6/22/2013 3:20:42 PM to 6/25/2013 11:36:26 AM.

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Posted on: June 22, 2013

[ACTIVE] Mayor Coleman announces plan to assist homeowners recovering from storm

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Due to the widespread impact and resulting level of debris from the storm, City of Saint Paul Forestry will assist homeowners who need help removing tree debris from the storm by picking it up from their curb within the next three weeks (estimated - could be shorter/longer depending on a variety of circumstances). Forestry can only pick up logs and brush--not stumps-- that have been downed as a result of the storm (must be tree debris that has fallen as a direct result of storm - Forestry staff will verify based on surveys). To have tree debris collected from the curb, residents must notify the Forestry hotline at 651-632-5129 and debris must be placed on the curb by Friday, June 28. Tree debris must be separated from non-tree debris. It may take up to three weeks to collect the debris.

City crews continue their nonstop work today to clean up and repair damage left by a string of serious storms last night. Weather reports indicate strong storms may continue this afternoon into tomorrow morning. All Saint Paul residents are advised to use caution and stay away from downed power lines.

Forestry crews are continuing to work as quickly as possible to clear streets of hazardous tree debris from the recent storms. Several areas in the city are still being assessed for damage, and given the multi-day event and loss of power throughout the city, it may take several days to respond to all the public tree debris. To report public tree debris that isn't being responded to yet, please call the Public Works 24-hour hotline 651-266-9700.

Xcel Energy has cautioned customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they’re not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.

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