published Friday, July 27th, 2012

Storm debris slows Cleveland brush pickup

Cleveland Public Works crews scooped debris from the wind storm two weeks ago on Apache Trail in northwest Cleveland, Tenn., Thursday morning. With piles of debris waiting, the city said its brush and debris pickup is about five days behind schedule.
Cleveland Public Works crews scooped debris from the wind storm two weeks ago on Apache Trail in northwest Cleveland, Tenn., Thursday morning. With piles of debris waiting, the city said its brush and debris pickup is about five days behind schedule.
Photo by Randall Higgins.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The city is about five days behind schedule on brush and debris pickup because of early July storms that swept through the area, according to Public Works Director Tommy Myers.

Crews were out Thursday, scooping piles of tree trunks cut into sections, as well as broken limbs, piled in front of homes in Cleveland.

"Unlike a tornado, this affected every part of the city," Myers said. "The city will resume its regular route pickup schedule, beginning with route six, on Aug. 6."

Cleveland has 10 designated brush and debris routes, with one route scheduled per day. Each route gets a trash and debris pickup twice a month.

City Manager Janice Casteel said officials just wanted the public to be aware of the debris removal work. Otherwise, she said, some residents might expect their regular pickup day Monday.

"We appreciate the public's patience," she said.

Brush and debris pickup is a service of the city's Public Works Department. Household garbage collection is a separate service provided through a contractor with the city.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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