Snow Long Gone, But Storm Debris Lingers

By Ken Kalthoff
|  Friday, Mar 5, 2010  |  Updated 8:58 PM CDT
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Dallas Still Cleaning Up From February Snow

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Dallas sanitation officials said the city is having trouble collecting all the debris from last month's snowstorm.

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Dallas Still Cleaning Up From February Snow

Dallas is giving residents a break on curbside debris citations.
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Dallas is giving residents a break on curbside debris citations after many streets are still littered from last month's record snowfall.

A March 15 deadline was set after the storm to return to the regular policy of citations for people who leave debris at the curb outside of their normal brush trash collection week. The new deadline is April 10.

Sanitation officials said the city is having trouble collecting all the debris from this storm.

“As we clean a neighborhood, you literally can go back three or four days later -- or sometimes the same day -- and see new piles out,” said Ron Smith, of the Dallas Sanitation Department. “So we’re catching up with it as quick as we can, but we know there’s more behind us.”

Smith said crews have visited every street in Dallas since the Feb. 11 snowfall. As of Friday, crews were about three or four days behind on their regular brush collection routes.

But some residents say the piles have been overlooked for weeks.

“I’m annoyed by it, but I know that there are limbs all over the place,” said JoAn Hand,  who lives on Goodwin near Central Expressway. “Just driving through my own neighborhood, I have seen limbs.”

Down the street from her, Kelly Butler was bringing more limbs to his curb.

“After everything dries up, you have a secondary wave of the weakened limbs that are coming down," he said. "So you just have to cut it up and deal with it."

“I think we would be annoyed if they were ticketing us, but since they’re not ticketing us, we understand the city has got a large job on it’s hands so the community has got to work together a little bit," he said.

The city will have sanitation crews working overtime again on Saturday trying to catch up with the cleanup problem.

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