The Norman Transcript

State/Region

July 30, 2013

Tulsa storm debris may take a month or longer to remove

TULSA — It could take a month or longer to remove all the debris left after last week’s violent derecho, Tulsa officials estimated Monday, the first day of the massive citywide cleanup effort.

“The damage is widespread throughout the city,” said city spokeswoman Lara Weber. “In midtown, there is significant debris, not just limbs but whole trees that will need to be removed.

“It’s going to take a while,” Weber said Monday.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday’s storms packed up to 80 mph winds and toppled power lines and decades-old trees, leaving more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the area without electricity at one point — some for several days.

Meteorologists later classified the storm system as a rare derecho because of the wind damage it caused throughout the city.

Some residents last week compared the scope of the widespread damage and outages to a December 2007 ice storm that wreaked havoc on the northeastern part of Oklahoma.

Beginning on the outskirts of the 200-square-mile city and with a circuit of 3,000 lane miles of streets to travel, crews started picking up downed limbs and other green waste Monday, with the plan to work their way into the heart of the city, where there was the most damage.

The city said last week that crews would make only one pass to pick up the debris and would not haul away other trash, such as shingles or wood, mixed in with the piles.

Residents must leave tree debris curbside — ideally in bundles of 4 feet or smaller — but they can also take debris to the city’s processing site north of town.

Lloyd Wright, press secretary to Mayor Dewey Bartlett, asked residents for their patience Monday as the city began the cleanup.

“We have no estimate on when we are going to be done,” Wright said. “It’s going to take us at least several weeks. We have thousands of lane miles, from residential streets to arterials.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
State/Region
  • Severe storms loom across central U.S. this weekend

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Forecasters are predicting a significant chance of strong tornadoes this weekend across a large part of the nation’s mid-section, an outbreak that could stretch from the Great Plains to the Midwest and South....

    April 25, 2014

  • Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates’ claims

    Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates’ claims OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected claims by two death row inmates that they’re entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them....

    April 24, 2014

  • Okla. House defeats bond issue to repair Capitol

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize up to $160 million in bonds to repair the state’s nearly 100-year-old Capitol....

    April 23, 2014

  • Fallin signs bill for Okla. trooper raises

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that would give Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers their first pay raise in seven years, although the pay increase won’t come unless money is included in a separate budget proposal....

    April 23, 2014

  • Smoke-out marks holiday

    DENVER — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Survivors observe 19th anniversary

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Survivors, rescue workers and the family members of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing have observed the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack....

    April 20, 2014

  • State budget talks center on cuts

    OKLAHOMA CITY — With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor’s office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund programs for education, public ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Dental groups oppose measure

    TULSA — Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature, proposed as a reaction to the case of an oral surgeon accused of maintaining filthy office conditions, that deals with training requirements for oral surgery ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Dental groups oppose legislation

    TULSA — Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature dealing with training requirements for oral surgery dental assistants....

    April 20, 2014

  • Pork producer subsidiary plans to use compressed gas

    GUYMON — A subsidiary of Oklahoma pork producer Seaboard Foods has begun using trucks fueled by compressed natural gas to deliver biodiesel....

    April 20, 2014