NORMAN — Crews contracted by the city will begin collecting storm debris in residential neighborhoods Tuesday.
Workers with TFR Enterprises will continue making sweeps through residential areas ravaged by Friday's tornado for up to four weeks, City Manager Steve Lewis said.
Meanwhile, city crews are clearing downed trees and other debris from city parks, many of which were hit hard by the tornado. Andrews Park at Daws Street and Webster Avenue and Rotary Park on Boyd Street at Wylie Road sustained the most damage, Lewis said.
Residents are asked to avoid storm-damaged areas because increased traffic will only delay the clean
Storm debris should be placed curbside in the public right of way for collection, Lewis said. Large branches should be cut into lengths of about 8 to 12 feet and stacked by the roadside.
Only residential property is eligible for the debris removal service, assistant city clerk Ellen Usry said.
City hall has been inundated with calls from residents and businesses asking about the cleanup process, she said.
“A lot of small businesses were damaged and are asking if the city will pick up their debris. Unfortunately, they aren't eligible for the service,” Usry said.
Contractors will make at least two sweeps through residential neighborhoods in an effort to collect as much debris as possible, she said. Crews will have people with flags to direct traffic around the workers as they progress through neighborhoods, but motorists are asked to drive with caution.
Construction debris should be separated from vegetative debris, Usry said. The two types of debris will be collected separately.
Construction and demolition debris includes building materials such as lumber, roof shingles, wooden fences, glass and metal products as well as appliances and furniture.
Only loose debris will be collected. Bagged debris should be put in trash carts, officials said.