Brush Drop-off Sites Busy after Windy Weather

Updated: 06/15/2014 5:52 PM
Created: 06/15/2014 2:23 PM
By: Kate Renner

A lot of people are stuck with big branches in their yards after heavy winds snapped branches off trees this weekend.

With most compost sites closed on Sundays where do you bring all of that brush? 

Mother nature packs a heavy punch, so the day after homeowners must fight back.

"It's a self-pruning tree, and when the wind comes up it prunes itself. And the ground is covered with brush," said Christian Davis of St. Paul.

"It blew big chunks of branches and some landed on the deck and some up the roof that I can't get at yet, so we'll have to see what kind of damage we have up there," said Teresa Kusterman of St. Paul.

Ramsey County is one of the lucky counties to offer yard waste drop off sites open to the public on Sundays, and it was busy with folks dropping off their debris.

Across the south metro, the wild wind whipped branches and trees across lawns and roads, some even breaking power lines.

At Gertens Brickyard in Inver Grove Heights, brush from the storm is piling up from across Dakota County.

"Just clean up your debris, bag it, throw it into the back of a pickup truck, and we'll certainly take it from you and recycle it," said Matt McCarty, Gertens Brickyard Manager.

They're one of the only places in the south metro open on Sundays, which is crucial when a storm rolls through on Saturday.

"We'll recycle that brush, grind it and turn it into mulch," McCarty said.

But if any of those branches came from ash trees, be careful not to transport them out of the quarantined counties of: Hennepin and Ramsey, due to the spread of the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

67° | 58°
  • Feels like: 58° F
  • Wind: WSW 3mph
  • Humidity: 93%