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Tulsa Tornado Assessment and Cleanup Efforts

This article was archived on 12/7/2016

Mayor Dewey Bartlett is directing City Streets and Stormwater crews to begin special debris removal for residents affected by the tornado that touched down in Tulsa on March 30, 2016. Mayor Bartlett will request additional funding from the Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy (Tulsa's refuse policy-making board) to help with debris removal efforts.

Residents within the 46th Street North Corridor from Main Street to Highway 75 and from 42nd Street North to 49th Street can set all debris at the curb for a special pickup at no cost. The boundary map can also be found online.

Debris has to be within four feet of the curb. Residents must avoid placing debris near fire hydrants, cable boxes, meters or under powerlines. Debris cannot be placed in the street or along trees.

Debris Removal Schedule and Timeline

Debris Removal on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 a.m. - City of Tulsa Street Crews will make a first pass through the identified boundary area for debris removal. Crews will return the following day to finish the first pass.

Refuse Day on Wednesday, April 6 at 6 a.m. - Residents should have their refuse and recycling carts at the curb by 6 a.m. for Wednesday refuse day. Servicing times may vary as response crews will be in the neighborhood. Residents can call the City of Tulsa at (918) 596-9777 to request refuse or recycling carts if their carts are missing or damaged from the storm.

TARE Meeting on Thursday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. - TARE will hold a special meeting at City Hall to discuss and take action on Mayor Bartlett's funding request for staff and equipment needs for the special debris pickup.

Free Landfill Days on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 at 7 a.m. - Free Landfill Days for City of Tulsa utility customers are scheduled at the Quarry Landfill, 13740 E. 46th St. North. The open hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Participants must show a current City of Tulsa utility bill or a driver's license with an address within the Tulsa city limits in order to be admitted to the landfill.

Debris Removal on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 a.m. - City of Tulsa Street Crews will make a final pass through the identified boundary area for debris removal. Crews will return the following day to finish the final pass. Residents should have their refuse and recycling carts at the curb by 6 a.m. on Wednesday for refuse day.

Street Sweeping during the week of April 18 - April 22 - Street sweeping will occur after debris removal is complete in the identified boundary area.

City of Tulsa Bulky Waste Pickup and the City of Tulsa Mulch Site are available for Tulsa residents year-round. Residents near the affected area that do not fall within the identified boundaries and believe they should qualify for the special debris removal, can call (918) 596-9777 and a supervisor will come to the residence to survey the situation.

City of Tulsa Bulky Waste - Available to all Tulsa Residents

For a $10 fee per collection, the City of Tulsa provides bulky waste collection for large items that do not fit inside the gray refuse cart. There is a preset volume of approximately eight cubic yards or approximately the size of a small vehicle such as a Volkswagen Beetle. To schedule a bulky waste collection, residents can call  (918) 596-9777.

City of Tulsa Mulch Site - Available to all Tulsa Residents for Free

Yard Waste may be disposed of for free to Tulsa residents at the City of Tulsa's Mulch Facility, 2100 North 145th E. Ave. The facility is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for city observed holidays. A current driver's license or a recent City of Tulsa utility bill with a Tulsa address is required to use the site.

Tornado Assessment Findings

PSO reported that all power was restored to the 46th Street North Corridor at 6:30 a.m. this morning. Some individuals may not be able to accept power as electrical or weather head repairs need to be made first.

All but one traffic signal in the area is operational. The signal at the intersection of 46th Street North and Hartford was damaged by the tornado and must be replaced. A four-way stop sign was placed at the intersection in the interim until all of the work can be completed to restore the signal.

The National Weather Service estimated the tornado that touched down in Tulsa was rated as an EF2. City of Tulsa Building Inspectors assessed damages in the affected area yesterday and reported the following information to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management:

  • 390 homes and businesses were affected by the tornado
  • 191 homes or businesses had minor damage
  • 54 homes or businesses had major damage
  • 5 homes or business were destroyed

The City of Tulsa will continue to work with the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency (TAEMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management as damage findings are reviewed and surveyed for potential funding options for residents and business owners.

For more information visit: www.cityoftulsa.org.

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