City Will Begin Special Curbside Storm Greenwaste Debris Removal Operation Monday
ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE: Published 7-24-2013
A special curbside
debris removal operation will begin Monday, July 29, beginning at 8
a.m. and continuing to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Crews will make
one pass throughout the city to gather residential tree debris from
last night's storm, if it is placed at the curb.
If able, residents should cut tree debris into 4-foot or smaller
sections, and place those bundles at the curb for crews to collect.
This may speed the process of collection across the city.
If unable, residents must drag limbs to the curb for pickup.
The regular schedule for the collection of bagged greenwaste
will be interrupted during this operation, and will only resume
once crews have made a full sweep through the entire city.
Crews will use both City of Tulsa greenwaste trucks and grappler
trucks to pick up debris. Crews will only pick up debris set at the
curb, near the street, where it is easily accessible. Tree debris
should not be mixed with other kinds of debris. If there is
housing, roofing or structural debris of any kind mixed in, the
greenwaste will not be picked up.
Residents are asked to keep parked cars away from debris stacked
near the curbs so that grappler trucks can access the debris
The operation will begin on the outer perimeters of the city,
working into the center where the storm damage was heaviest. This
will allow residents in those areas more time to get greenwaste
debris to the curb. Once crews begin working, they will assess the
situation and announce an anticipated timeline for pickup as they
Household refuse and recycling collection will continue as
Tulsans can also take tree and limb debris to the City's
greenwaste processing site, 10401 E. 56th St. North, from 8 a.m. to
4 p.m. daily at no charge.
Tulsa police officers and firefighters were kept busy from about
11:30 p.m. until after daylight responding to calls related to
storms that swept through the Tulsa metropolitan area Tuesday
Damage assessment continues this morning even as crews have
begun recovery operations.
Crews from the Streets & Stormwater department were called
in and began working at 1:30 a.m. to clear tree limbs and other
debris from arterial streets. Those crews will continue to
clear arterials, then clear lanes of residential streets, then to
haul debris away.
Power was out to 100,000 or more customers after the storm and
power was lost at many public facilities as well. Traffic
engineering crews began at 5 a.m. today placing temporary stop
signs at intersections throughout Tulsa where either signals were
damaged or were without power. About 100 traffic signals were out
Operators at the Tulsa E-9-1-1 center were overwhelmed with
thousands of calls as the storm moved through Tulsa. Tulsa
firefighters were battling 8 to 10 house fires at one time during
the night, with most of the fires believed to be caused by
Tulsa Parks were affected by the storms. Loss of power at Parks
swimming pools and recreation centers forced closures of pools and
summer day camps until power can be restored. The Lacy,
McClure, Reed and Central Park recreation centers and the
Waterworks studio are closed.
Lacy, McClure, Reed and Whiteside Parks pools had no power.
The Tulsa Garden Center was also closed because of trees
Tulsa Police were on duty throughout the night patrolling
neighborhoods and business areas where power was out and alarm
systems were not functioning. Police Chief Chuck Jordan said
police officers also helped remove debris from streets.