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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Ice storm: City of Shawnee outlines plan for tree debris

  • With area trees having a thick coat of ice from the weekend storm, many limbs have already broken while the sounds of cracking and popping are expected over the next few days as the ice thaws, which mean there could be a lot of clean up to be done.
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  • With area trees having a thick coat of ice from the weekend storm, many limbs have already broken while the sounds of cracking and popping are expected over the next few days as the ice thaws, which means there could be a lot of cleanup to be done.
    Don Lynch, Shawnee's emergency management director, said citizens who have tree limbs down as a result of the ice storm have several options to properly dispose of that tree debris.
    Lynch said small limbs that are or can be cut into lengths of three feet or less can be bundled together and set curbside for Central Disposal, the city's trash contractor, to remove.
    But those who have the ability to haul tree limbs also can take them to the city's Debris Reduction Site, located west of Shawnee Twin Lakes No. 1 on Homer Lane.
    Tree limbs will be accepted there during the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 26 and 27.
    Lynch said proof of residency will be required, such as a driver's license or utility bill.
    "Only tree limbs are eligible for disposal at this site," he said. "No construction materials and no trash."
    Lynch said additional dates might be announced for this site to be open for future collection of debris if conditions warrant.
    Lynch said citizens without the ability to haul limbs should place their larger limbs at their curbside for removal.
    The weekend storm left a glaze of ice on everything, which also kept county crews busy over the weekend.
    Commissioner Eddie Stackhouse said because limbs were hanging low on many rural road areas, his crews were out all weekend so residents could get out of their homes, especially where ice-covered limbs blocked many dead-end roadways.
    Commissioner Randy Thomas said crews in his district worked 14 hours Saturday to remove branches in some areas to make county roads passable to traffic.
    Watch for updates.

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