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City debris keeps piling up and up

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The city cleanup continued this week following the Dec. 14 windstorm that slammed into the area, leveling trees and knocking out power.

Since the storm, the city has been accepting tree debris at Ball Field No. 4 on Bonney Lake Boulevard from Allan Yorke Park.

The city did the same after the Feb. 15 windstorm and the debris was ground up in a chipping machine, which is also the plan with the current pile of limbs.

According to Assistant Public Works Director Rick Shannon, the city will again grind the limbs in the chipping machine and residents can pick up loads of it for free to spread on their gardens or flower beds.

The city also use the chips to spread on trails and walking areas.

The job of cleaning up from the storm is daunting in some area of the city where numerous trees came down.

Mark Reisen, who had been away at work during the storm, had seven trees fall on his property. None hit his house, but the cleaning up is a major job.

City crews have been picking up debris since the storm, working from the north end of the city to the south.

Shannon said the Ball Field No. 4 site will stay open through Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The city is requesting that residents do not bring Christmas trees to the site, only storm-related debris.

Christmas trees can be cut up and put in yard waste containers for residents with that service or taken to a Pierce County transfer site for free recycling.

The nearest transfer site is at Prairie Ridge Drive East and South Prairie Road and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily.

Once the city's storm-debris site closes at Ball Field No. 4. residents can take the limbs to the transfer station for free through Jan. 21.

Dennis Box can be reached at dbox@courierherald.com.

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