City is offering help with storm cleanup

On July 20, Central Alberta was hit with a significant storm event that brought damaging winds and hail through the region.

  • Aug. 1, 2013 7:00 a.m.

On July 20, Central Alberta was hit with a significant storm event that brought damaging winds and hail through the region.

Many residents have been working hard to clean up their neighborhoods and repair damage caused by the storm.

City crews have also been working to collect and dispose of felled trees and branches from public spaces such as roadways, boulevards and parks. Many residents, however, may not have the ability to haul brush and branches to the Prentiss landfill or Wolf Creek Recycle Depot themselves, so the City of Lacombe is hosting a Community Storm Event Cleanup beginning Aug. 6.

Residents affected by the recent storm are asked to gather brush and logs into separate piles either at the front of their property or at the rear of their property with alley access ensuring pedestrian and vehicle traffic is unobstructed.

To clarify the difference between brush and logs, brush includes twigs and branches up to six inches in diameter and must be cut to a maximum length of three feet; while logs are anything over six inches in diameter.

Residents are asked to have the brush and logs separated and placed for pick up by 7 a.m. on Aug. 6.

City crews will be working from the north end of the City to the south end picking up only tree debris.

Residents wanting to take advantage of this special Community Clean Up are asked to ensure that felled trees and branches are separated into these two piles as the landfill will only accept brush. Logs collected by City crews during this Community Clean-up will be added to the City’s log stockpile.

The City of Lacombe would like to assist residents in their clean-up efforts as soon as possible; therefore the focus will be on picking up brush and logs only – not unmanageable or unsorted piles, treated or painted wooded, leaves, sod, garden waste, or any other non-tree related waste and/or debris.

The City offers a service in September where appliances, metals, furniture, and other such waste can be collected.

Any items placed on the property after the scheduled pick up will remain the responsibility of the resident. Such items can be taken to the Prentiss Transfer Station.

For more information, contact City Hall at 403-782-6666 or the Infrastructure Services Department at 403-782-1261.

– Vossen