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Crews Clearing Storm Debris: View Removal Map

Tuesday October 14, 2008

Process will take months; collection grid will show progress

Storm Debris Dumpster Application FormLouisville Public Works crews continue working to remove trees and limbs from the public right-of-ways throughout the city, a process that will take at least two months.

Public Right-of-Ways Debris Removal
“We have 3,000 miles of roads in our community, and it’s our intent to clear the downed trees and limbs along every street,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “This is an unprecedented commitment that will take many weeks, heavy equipment and a lot of muscle.”

On Monday, Sept. 29, six Public Works crews began a systematic clearing of all city roads, removing large tree limbs and trunks. Crews will come through each street only once, so it is critical that residents are aware of when their neighborhood is scheduled to be cleared.

To ensure each street is cleared, Public Works has divided the city into a grid of six zones.  Click on the map to the right to learn more. The information is also available through MetroCall 311.

Because some areas of the city have more trees or have more streets, it’s difficult to predict how long it will take to clear a particular grid square, said Public Works Director Ted Pullen. The zones will be updated regularly to show where crews have already been, where they are working now, and the next grid square scheduled for cleanup.

Here are some tips to ensure proper disposal of storm debris:

1. Request a tree debris dumpster for your neighborhood.

Public Works has a limited number of dumpsters available that may be delivered to neighborhoods so residents can drop off tree debris easily. After a couple of days, Public Works will retrieve the dumpsters free of charge.

This offer is available to neighborhood associations, small cities and Metro Council members. Requests can be made on our website, louisvilleky.gov, and will be filled on a first come, first-served basis.

2. Take any debris you can move to the Metro Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue.

Its regular hours are Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fees are assessed according to the size of the load (generally $50 per pickup truck load). More information on fees and restrictions on debris size is available at louisvilleky.gov or by calling MetroCall 311..

3. Check yard waste collection guidelines with your garbage service.

Regular yard waste collection rules apply whether you are in the Urban Services District or whether you have a private garbage collection service.

Each hauler – urban and suburban – has specific rules for regular yard waste collection but generally speaking debris must be less than 3 inches in diameter and no more than 3 feet long to be collected. For more information, contact your hauler directly or call MetroCall 311.


4.Volunteers Needed to Help with Clean Up

Metro United Way is seeking teams of volunteers to assist senior citizens, disabled and homebound residents who need clean up assistance after Hurricane Ike. Metro United Way has received over 800 calls for assistance and are looking for neighborhood associations, condo associations, subdivisions, suburban cities, church groups, social groups, sororities/fraternities, corporate volunteer groups, etc to match with those needing assistance. We ask you to help by forming as many teams of four (4) volunteers as possible to help clear yard debris from their yards and walkways. Metro United Way will match your team(s) with a homeowner(s) in need.

To sign up to volunteer, just DIAL 2-1-1 from any phone and tell them you want to volunteer. They’ll ask for a CONTACT NAME, and NUMBER, and the number of other volunteers you can bring for a TEAM. Team information will be sent to the contact person. Any questions, call Mary Sullivan at 292-6154.