Tree Debris Removal, Power Outages, Flooding in Mpls.
Trees fell Friday in south Minneapolis.
Photo: KSTP/Todd Wilson
The city of Minneapolis is working to remove trees and reopen city streets following storms that hit several neighborhoods.
Tree debris has been planned for July 1-12.
City officials are asking residents to check on elderly neighbors who may need assistance.
Fallen Power Lines
Residents should stay away from downed power lines and report their location to Xcel Energy by calling 1-800-895-4999. To report an outage, receive outage information or restoration estimates Xcel Energy customers can call 1-800-895-1999.
Traffic signals are out in areas without power, the city reported Saturday. If a traffic signal is not working, intersections should be treated as a four-way stop.
As of Saturday morning, some localized street flooding still affected parts of the city. Crews are working to clear catch basins where needed to help water drain into storm sewers.
Residents should safely clear clogged leaves and debris from catch basins.
Tree Removal, Reopening of Streets
Crews are clearing major streets first, followed by secondary streets. Crews will be working through the weekend. Crews are bringing tree debris to a temporary transfer area at 37th Street and 5th Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis.
The materials will eventually be moved to a site at Fort Snelling for processing.
Residents should use a licensed tree company to help with fallen trees and debris. Unlicensed companies may not be insured for damage they might cause to properties, the city warns.
The following are tips to follow when selecting a company:
- A list of licensed tree companies are available here.
- Licensed companies have marked vehicles and display a city license decal.
- Licensed companies maintain insurance in the event of further damage to property or if anyone is injured on the job.
- At least one employee should have a current certification as an arborist or a college degree in urban forestry or arboriculture.
Tree Debris Collection
Park workers will be collecting tree debris along city boulevards July 1-12. The service is not for contractors working on properties or tree pruning.
The service is only for tree debris.
To prepare downed trees:
- Move larger limbs, branches and trunks to the boulevard area in front of your house.
- Property owners adjacent to tree debris placed on the boulevard should not park near the debris. "No parking" signs may be posted and enforced to help cleanup efforts.