Debris removal delayed in scheduled areas

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Updated: 7/29/2013 10:33 pm Published: 7/29/2013 10:26 pm

Debris removal will continue in targeted areas that were zoned for Monday.

The City of Tulsa released the areas completed on Monday, which appears to be less than half of the zones listed on Monday's Debris Removal map.

"You didn't come City of Tulsa, you didn't come!" said Anthony Young.

Spokesperson Kim MacLeod says the areas shaded in green are scheduled for removal but it may not be on the day posted.

"Once residents see their area in the green shaded zones, they should have their storm debris ready for pickup at the curb," said MacLeod in a statement.

In Midtown Tulsa, it could take a month to make it on the debris removal map.
MacLeod says since that area was hit hardest by Tuesday's overnight storm, it could take the longest for residents to put debris to the curb.

Near the 21st and South Yale Avenue area, Dave Scott lost his pecan tree and hired professionals to take it down.

"I don't have the experience or the tools to do it so I wasn't going to take any chances," said Scott. "I'm not knocking out someone's power and have them mad at me for a week because I didn't know what I was doing."

He said he doesn't mind the debris piling up at his curb and the possibility of his grass dying under the debris, even it takes the city a month to remove it from his neighborhood.

"I don't want a dead tree in my yard and I don't want to sacrifice my safety," said Scott.

His neighbor Marguerite Herd also has plenty of debris piled up at the curb.

"I'm 75, I'm not picking up one limb," said Herd.

She got help from her husband and neighbors. Last month she lost her sweet gum that covered the side of her home from high winds.
This is horrible. That was a huge tree," said Herd.

The one in the front yard was uprooted in last week's storms; both were at least 50 years old.

"Don't make me cry," said Herd.

She loved their beauty and the shade they provided over her home.

"You wouldn't believe the difference in the heat that comes into the house," said Herd.

She also saved on her power bill.

"Our electric bill didn't use to be over a $100, now it's $143," said Herd.

That was just in one month since the wind knocked down the sweet gum on the side of her home. Now the Herds don't have any trees for shade.

"They were real good trees," said Herd.

There are 120 employees on the ground working to remove debris. MacLeod says some issue and delays are because of equipment not working, trash pickup and some people not putting their debris to the curb rather in their driveway by their garage.

Neighborhoods added to the scheduled removal is between Harvard and Memorial and Apache and Pine.

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Mayor Maynot - 7/30/2013 5:07 PM
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Isn't any of that covered by home owners insurance??
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