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Crews begin cleanup operation Tuesday in Norman

Contractors will begin Tuesday making sweeps through residential neighborhoods to collect debris from Friday's tornado.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: April 17, 2012
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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 cleanup operation.

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.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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