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Storm Aftermath: Helping with the Cleanup

UPDATE: The below information is outdated. View our latest update for curbside collection and drop-off disposal.

Downed power lines and limbs in BeaverdaleDES MOINES, IOWA – Monday, August 10, 2020 – Neighborhoods across Des Moines are tackling a monumental cleanup following an unusual summer thunderstorm that knocked out power, tore down trees and damaged buildings. Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano says City crews spent the day removing debris and opening lanes of traffic. The next step is making it easier for residents to start the cleanup. 

“While we are still assessing the full extent of the damage throughout the City, we have immediately offered two avenues for debris removal relief for those residents eager to get the cleanup started,” Gano said. 

  1. The City is waiving the sticker requirement for curbside collection of bundled branches for at least two weeks.  Size limitations remain in effect for the bundles; these are loaded by hand so they can’t be any heavier than 40 pounds nor longer than 4’.
  2.  This Saturday (August 15) is the regular SCRUB event which means the Compost Center on Harriet Street will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for free drop off of larger limbs.  Limbs and logs up to 10’ long and 24” in diameter can be dropped off at no charge. 

 Neither of these is a whole-tree disposal method.  If a resident has a large private tree that’s down, their best course of action is to hire a tree service to remove and dispose of it.

“Decisions on larger-scale curbside collection of larger limbs is still awaiting a fuller assessment of the extent of the damage,” Gano said. “That will likely take up to 48 hours to make that sort of determination.”  

If you have any questions, please call the Public Works 24-Hour Customer Service Center at (515) 283-4950 or file a report using myDSMmobile.

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office 
(515) 283-4057

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