Cleanup Continues After Sunday Night's Storm

It takes a lot of work to clean up after Mother Nature. Crews have their work cut out for them trying to help clean up the capital city after a short, but massive storm.

This weekend's storms left trees uprooted and branches strewn across much of town. Many homes sustained serious damage from the high winds.

Tree crews have been out in force trying to keep up with the clean-up.

"Phones have been going nonstop. I don't know the estimates, but the phone has been ringing nonstop," said Scott Hofeling, Hofeling Enterprises.

Two storms roared through the capitol city this weekend leaving trees, branches and downed powerlines in their wake. Now homeowners are left picking up the pieces.

"About 2:30 heard big snap and a boom and thought, 'uh-oh something happened,'" said Albert Lewis, Lincoln.

A mess is what happened. One Lincoln tree limb took out a powerline and then a shed.

Scott Hofeling said he's witnessed this scene all across the city as his crew goes site to site trying to keep up with the calls for help.

"We'll be doing this all week long -- cleaning branches and trees. Then we'll get a lot of phone calls to get branches out of driveway or street," Hofeling said.

Hofeling said he's seen it all come down with this storm, from smaller branches to full trees.

"The worst I saw was two huge trees on top of a two story house outside of town. They were uprooted from soil being saturated," Hofeling said.

His crews were on scene there and will continue to go home to home, mess to mess, until everything is cleaned up

Right now he just hopes more storms don't do added damage this week -- a sentiment homeowners are echoing.

"It's happened twice before you never know, hope it falls that way this time," Lewis said.

Hofeling said he hasn't seen any healthy trees damaged from this storm. Most of the branches he's picked up were dead, damaged or diseased.

The city said the near south and south part of town was hit the worst. In fact, 13th Street from Van Dorn to South will be closed Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so heavy equipment can take care of some unsafe trees there.

The city wants to remind residents that all trees not on the public rights of way are the responsibility of the property owner.
Waste haulers differ on requirements and collection fees for disposal of branches. In general:
-Smaller trees, brush and branches (less than 4” in diameter) from public or private property can be cut into lengths of four-feet or less, secured and left for pickup by refuse haulers. Haulers may charge additional fees for branch collection.
-Large trees and branches (more than 4” in diameter) on private property can be cut up and remove by a licensed tree arborist or taken by the homeowner for disposal.
Fees are charged at the two City disposal sites:

-5101 North 48th Street (about one-half mile north of N. 48th and Superior streets): This site is for those using small vehicles (oneton and less) and trailers (60 sq. feet and less). Loads must be tied and/or tarped to avoid additional fees.

-6001 Bluff Road (one mile north of Interstate 80 and Highway 77): This site is for those using larger vehicles or trailers as well as any landscaping, lawn care, handyman or property management businesses. Fees are charged based on vehicles size. Loads must be tied and/or tarped or the load will be refused access.
Hours:These sites are open weekdays from 6:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Saturdays from 6:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 6:45 a.m. to noon.
*For more information about storm recovery, click here.


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  • by Kent Location: Lincoln on May 30, 2008 at 03:15 AM
    Homeowners losing Oak, Ash, or Hickory trees may like to recoup some lossed by cutting the larger limbs and branches and storing them for resale as firewood. Of course, this works for any wood, but these are the best firewoods.
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