The City of Saint Paul is picking up after the recent multi-day storm that left hundreds of trees down throughout the city and thousands of residents without power. More than 2,000 public trees were damaged and 500 public trees fell as a result of the storm, with 26 falling on homes. As of 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, only two trees that fell on homes remained. All streets and the right-of-way had been cleared as of Sunday afternoon, and remaining work clearing the homes is expected to be completed by Wednesday afternoon.
Following the initial impact of Thursday night’s storm, 28 city forestry staff were deployed beginning Friday morning and continued to work 14-hour days throughout the weekend to clean up downed debris. To assist homeowners with private tree debris, Mayor Chris Coleman announced plans to help Saint Paul residents pick up downed debris in the coming weeks. See explanation and details below:
Debris management: • To expedite the cleanup process, Forestry is using staging areas to pile debris that is then later hauled away. These staging areas, for safety reasons, are closed to the public.• The public may dump tree debris, as normal, at the Ramsey County Yard Waste Collection sites. See the following link for times and locations: http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/rt/yard_waste_collection_sites.htm• Because of the large size of the storm, it is the intent of the City of Saint Paul to assist homeowners (not commercial tree services) by removing private property tree debris stacked on the public boulevard as follows: o Must be tree debris from the storm only and must be a Saint Paul residential address. Non-tree debris or routine pruning debris is prohibited. o Tree debris must be separated from other debris or it will be passed up. o Must be placed on the boulevard no later than Friday, June 28. o Forestry will comb streets thereafter to clean boulevards. Once a boulevard is cleaned off, any additional deposited debris is the responsibility of the resident. o It is Forestry’s goal to have storm cleanup completed by July 12, however, removing private property debris lengthens the cleanup and makes timing hard to estimate. o Please honor any “no parking” restrictions that may be posted to assist in the cleanup.
To call about a tree related issue: • In case of emergencies, call 911.• If there are downed power lines, stay away and call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999.• To report a non-emergency tree related issue or place a work request, call Forestry at 651-632-5129 or email to Forestry@ci.stpaul.mn.us• For general information, see website: www.stpaul.gov/forestry.
Hiring a Commercial Tree Service:• Performing tree work, especially in response to storm damage, can be extremely dangerous and it is recommended to hire a reputable firm for this work.• Commercial tree services for hire working within Saint Paul are required by ordinance to be licensed by the City of Saint Paul. Please ask to see their license credentials. Also note that the vehicles of a licensed contractor should have a current license decal from the City of Saint Paul.• A licensed tree service is insured and better trained to protect themselves and your property from damage. • In addition, the City of Saint Paul requires that each tree service company hire at least one employee who has a current certification as an arborist in urban forestry or arboriculture. This helps to ensure the company is educated in plant health, pests and pathogen control, and other aspects of urban forestry.• To find a list of currently licensed tree service companies working in Saint Paul, please call the Department of Safety and Inspections at 651-266-8989.