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Tree limb cleanup from snowstorm taking time - as Colorado Springs officials predicted

April 19, 2017 Updated: April 20, 2017 at 10:05 am
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In the medians along Wahsatch Ave., limbs and debris from the recent wind storm lay piled on Monday, April 17, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

Colorado Springs' Forestry Division is asking residents to be patient as they work to remove trees and limbs brought down by heavy snow during this month's spring storm.

Crews see the neat piles of branches along the sides of streets, ready for pickup, and are working to remove them one block at a time, Forester Jay Hein said.

"We understand the folks have done work to clean up and get things ready for us and we appreciate that, but when we have a small staff we can only do so much at a time," Hein said.

Many trees, especially in the Ivywild area and around Old Colorado City, were devastated by a slow-moving storm that dumped about a foot of heavy snow across the city April 4. Officials said the snow actually damaged more trees than did January's hurricane-force windstorm.

At the time, city spokeswoman Kim Melchor said it would "take awhile" to clear the damage, with the first priority being removing debris blocking roadways. That message hasn't changed, Hein said.

Two crew members are doing all of the work, starting on the west side of the city - the hardest hit - and working their way around, he said. But he warned it sometimes takes a day to finish even a two block radius.

"Patience is the key," Hein said.

He's reminding residents that crews will only be picking up downed branches from trees on city property. Debris from trees on private properties should be taken to appropriate locations at the owner's expense, he said.

Those residents can still drop off branches at:

-Rocky Top Recycling at 1755 E. Las Vegas St., 579-9103

$10 per load on weekdays or free with non-perishable food donation from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday

-Don's Garden Shop at 6001 E. Platte Ave., 591-1040

$6 per cubic yard or $18 per truckload

-Pioneer Sand at 8335 Vollmer Road, 495-8858

$10 per load, any size

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Contact Kaitlin Durbin: 636-0362

Twitter: @njKaitlinDurbin

Facebook: Kaitlin Durbin

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