Hastings Storm Cleanup Costly, Time Consuming

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Hastings, Neb. The cleanup of wood debris from this year's storms has proved to be costly and time-consuming for the city of Hastings.

City administrator Joe Patterson said the pickup from the most recent storm last month cost the city an estimated $180,000 in manpower, equipment and landfill expenses.

Patterson said the city has responded four times this year to collect fallen tree debris from residences. Such service required diverting street workers and parks and recreation staffers from their normal duties, such as pavement repairs and grass mowing.

The storm workload was increased by residents who tossed shrubs and other yard debris onto piles with storm debris and by those who tossed their downed tree limbs onto city property.