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Salt Lake City launches cleanup efforts after hurricane-force windstorm

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Posted at 7:36 PM, Sep 09, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — A large-scale cleanup operation is underway connecting volunteers with residents who need help restoring their properties after hurricane-force windstorms Monday and Tuesday.

Beginning Thursday, residents can call "211" to receive assistance in clearing their property from storm damage.

Those interested in volunteering can click here and fill out a form to be contacted for opportunities.

“Our hearts go out to the many residents whose homes, vehicles, and communities were damaged in the storm,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “All areas of the City were impacted, and we’re working hard to spread our resources across neighborhoods. We have a big job ahead of us as we begin to dig out from the debris.”

City crews are primarily focused on clearing debris blocking sidewalks, roads and bike lanes.

Then they will work on removing city-owned trees and removing private trees that residents pull to the curb during a scheduled time.

“We are asking that residents not place storm debris from private property in the street just yet,” said Lorna Vogt, Director of the City’s Public Services Department. “City crews will be scheduling routes throughout the City to clear private property debris as soon as possible, but with such a high volume of debris, it will take time.”

Salt Lake County has waived drop fees for residents driving regular sized pickup trucks and smaller vehicles, and schedules for bulk green waste collection will be announced in the coming days.