City of Ottawa sees drop in cleaning requests from May 21 windstorm

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In a memo released August 18, the City said that since July 8, just over 1,700 cubic meters of wood have been delivered to seven sites and approximately 64,000 bags of standard garden mulch have been picked up by residents. .

It has been nearly four months since storm Derecho rocked the capital. and the City of Ottawa is seeing a drop in storm-related cleanup requests.

In a memo released August 18, the City said that since July 8, just over 1,700 cubic meters of wood have been delivered to seven sites and approximately 64,000 bags of standard garden mulch have been picked up by residents. .

The city noted that its public works department is still collecting large storm-related debris, but on request for service. Due to fewer requests, staff are now gearing up for fall and winter preparations.

The City’s Department of Forest Services has removed approximately 450 uprooted stumps, and residents with uprooted stumps on the right-of-way adjacent to their properties can expect to receive a letter from the City on next steps to have them removed if necessary.

In a July 25 memo to council, the city noted that more than 2,000 stumps remained intact after storm-related tree removal.

The remainder of the tree stump removals will be processed in 2023 from spring to fall.

Starting September 16, tree debris and organic waste will revert to regular leaves and yard waste. Leftover logs from the storm will be repurposed into firewood and wood blocks that residents can pick up at no charge at 4061 Strandherd Drive.

Residents are strongly encouraged to wear work gloves and proper footwear when picking up materials.

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