Oklahoma tornadoes: Cleanup crews begin passes through damaged areas in Norman

Crews contracted by the city of Norman have begun collecting debris in neighborhoods within the city limits that were affected by a May 19 tornado.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: May 29, 2013
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Crews contracted by the city have begun picking up debris in neighborhoods within the city limits that were affected by a May 19 tornado.

Only residents in a defined area are eligible for the debris removal service, city officials said.

Crews with TFR Enterprises began Tuesday to remove debris that has been placed curbside or in street rights of way. The cleanup squads began on the west end and are moving east. A second pass through the affected areas will begin on June 11, officials said.

Residents in the area outlined on a map posted on the city website are asked to remove parked vehicles or other obstructions so crews can make their way through the neighborhoods.

Vegetative debris and construction debris should be placed in separate piles, city officials said. Construction debris includes lumber, shingles, wooden fences, glass, metal and appliances.

Vegetation including storm-damaged limbs, branches and shrubbery should be cut into 8- to 12-foot lengths and stacked within 5 feet of the curb or edge of the roadway, officials said. Only loose debris will be collected. Residents are asked not to include bagged debris, officials said.

Bagged debris can be picked up by regular sanitation crews. For more information, call 366-5452 or go to www.ci.norman.ok.us.

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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