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May 12, 2014

Kimberly makes big push to clean up debris after tornado

KIMBERLY — Barely two weeks after a tornado ripped through the heart of the city, Kimberly officials have a debris cleanup plan up and running.

The city has contracted with Ceres Environmental of Sarasota, Fla. to remove debris from city streets and properties, as announced in a press conference Saturday. Mayor Bob Ellerbrock said the company is already picking up debris, making rounds over several days.

"We need volunteers to help us out this Saturday," Ellerbrock said. "We're making a big push for a clean-up that day. We want to get everything cleaned up and things back to as normal as possible within 20 days [of the tornado]."

Ceres was one of several companies that removed debris after the April 2011 tornado outbreak, and removed 1.3 million cubic yards of debris, according to a company spokesperson.

The company is asking residents to separate their debris into five categories:

  • Vegetative debris, such as trees and stumps
  • Construction and demolition debris, such as lumber, wood, tile and such
  • Hazardous household materials, such as paints and chemicals
  • "White goods," including appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers
  • Roof shingles and tires

Debris must be loose, not bagged, and placed in the public right of way between the street's edge and the sidewalk or utility easement. Debris should not be placed near mailboxes, on top of fire hydrants, or on or near utility fixtures. Debris should not be placed in driveways where emergency vehicles can't access the home.

Ellerbrock said that crews will make several passes through the city, and will often only pick up only one type of debris. Any material that is not picked up should be pushed closer to the right of way, so that subsequent crews may pick it up.

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