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January 1, 2014

City of Norman to pick up storm debris this month

NORMAN — The city of Norman is continuing its recovery process following the winter storm that began Dec. 20 that caused significant tree damage throughout Norman.

To remove the fallen vegetation, the city will provide debris removal from the street rights of way, generally the area 15 feet behind the edge of the street, beginning Thursday.

General removal:

· Crews have begun working within the city rights of way to remove storm-related debris and cut down and remove any damaged limbs that may impact public rights of way.

· Crews will work between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week until work is completed.

· Weather permitting, the first pass of debris removal will begin Thursday and is expected to be completed by Jan. 16. 

· Weather permitting, a final pass will begin Jan. 20 and is expected to be completed by Feb. 3. 

· Crews will work throughout the city.

· Only residential properties are eligible for debris removal.

· No commercial, industrial or institutional properties will be provided debris removal services. This material can be disposed of at the city of Norman Compost Facility, 398 Bratcher Miner Road, if the limbs are no longer than 4 feet lengths and 2 inches in diameter, at no cost. Larger debris may be disposed of for a fee at the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station, 3901 Chautauqua Ave.

· Do not place debris in the road, on sidewalks or within the intersection sight triangle (25 feet of street corners) because this can cause a safety issue.

· Do not place debris near any water meter vault, fire hydrant, any other above-ground utility, mailboxes or poly carts.

· Only debris placed on the public right of way will be eligible for collection. Do not place debris in alleys for collection.

· Norman citizens are asked to avoid affected areas, as the increased traffic will delay cleanup operations.

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