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Hannibal working to clean up last of May storm debris

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

 

It's been seven weeks since the big storm hit Hannibal and now, after tons of debris has been cleared from yards, houses, and streets, the street department will go around ONE more time tomorrow to get all the storm mess out of the city. 

After weeks of hard work and cleaning, this is the only thing left from the storm close to Chris Brown's home.  Brown's thankful the street department is coming through one more time to make sure and get all the debris remove. 

 

"It's a great relief because who knows when those hot days come around any kind of dry timber like that laying around for too long is eventually a fire hazard," he said.  

Hannibal Project Manager Brian Chaplin says the street department and other, outside departments have worked around the clock for seven weeks, but Chaplin said don't take advantage of what the city is trying to do. 

"If you do bring debris out there, make sure it was debris from the storm, it's dead debris because we're having a little bit of a problem of picking up debris then coming up and picking it up again," he said.  

Chaplin said because so much debris is cleared off, people need to be aware of where they can and cannot dump.  

Off Main street, the city says you are no longer allowed to dump your debris here in the flood buyout property. This place is officially closed and the city says if they do catch you, it could result in a fine or even worse. But Chaplin said if you are missed on Monday, there's still a location you can take your debris.

"Now our 7th street lot is open behind the street department. If you feel that you want to bring your debris, any debris, feel free to use that street department lot on 7th street, drop your material off and we will dispose of it after that," Chaplin said.  

Right now, Chaplin said 90% of the debris has already been collected.  The city brings all the debris to an area off Paris Gravel Road, and Chaplin said the debris is stacked as high as 50 to 60 feet tall.  

Street Superintendent Leon Wallace says that residents that have contacted the city following the storm and still have curbside debris, or in alleyways, should call the Street Department at 221-0134 before July 15.
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