Major storm issues cleared; city to collect tree debris this week

Major storm issues cleared; city to collect tree debris this week

CHAMPAIGN — Public works officials say street sweeping and debris collection will be their priorities this week as the city continues to clean up following Friday night’s severe weather.

Champaign County was spared from the worst of it as the storm hit harder to the west. Still, public works spokesman Kris Koester said Champaign lost between 15 and 18 city trees, and crews had hauled away “dozens of truckloads” of tree debris on Saturday.

Some of those trees brought power lines down with them, and more will have to be evaluated for structural damage. But Koester said all the major issues had been cleared before Sunday.

Now, their focus will turn to clearing leaves from storm sewer inlets before the next round of rain falls, which is expected later this week.

On Wednesday, city workers will begin picking up tree branches from private property that resulted from Friday night’s storm only.

Residents are asked to place their bagged material and limbs and brush in separate locations as the material gets taken to two different places.

Limbs and brush should be stacked with the cut ends parallel to the street and the bagged items at the curb.

Residents should call public works at 217-403-4700 for pick up. The workers will not go on private property to collect debris.

The National Weather Service forecasts that Monday should be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 69 degrees. Tuesday will bring more sunshine and afternoon highs in the mid-70s.

Wednesday and Thursday are forecast to bring another chance of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

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