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Storm Debris Collection Completed, Underway in 75 Percent of Louisville

Thursday April 16, 2009

Trees, limbs hauled so far would fill a football field 108 feet high

Debris collection from the winter ice storm has been completed or is underway in 75 percent of Louisville’s 386 square miles.

More than 220 city and contract workers are on the job – working 12 hours a day, seven days a week – to clear the massive amount of trees and limbs felled by the damaging storm. The unprecedented clean-up effort is covering every one of the more than 3,000 miles of streets and roads in Louisville.

“I’m proud of the tireless effort from our city crews and contract employees,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “These men and women are working long days and through the weekends to help clear our roads and streets.”

Crews have completed work in about 55 percent of the city, and work is underway on more than 20 percent, said Ted Pullen, director of Public Works. The remaining 25 percent of the community will see crews working within the next two weeks.

The volume of storm debris is staggering, Pullen said, enough to cover the football field at Papa John’s Stadium to a height of 108 feet. Here’s a quick rundown of the stats as of today:

· 14,000 dump truck loads collected

· 19,700 tons collected

· 181,000 cubic yards collected (108 feet high in Papa John’s Stadium)

Louisville will be reimbursed for 87.5 percent of storm debris pickup costs (75 percent federal, 12.5 percent state).

Total storm costs have not yet been tallied, but Public Works estimates the final bill will be several million dollars – of which the city will be responsible for paying 12.5 percent.

How you can help
Citizens have several options for disposing of their ice storm debris.

· Utilize the free dropoff sites. Three locations will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through the end of April.

· Utilize your garbage collector’s yard waste collection. Every garbage collection company has a policy for collecting yard waste. Check with your hauler for guidelines.

· Join your neighbors and request a free debris dumpster. Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management will deliver a storm debris dumpster for your neighborhood. Neighbors can fill up the dumpster and city crews will retrieve it at no cost a few days later. Request one online: (