Weeks After Storm, Dallas Officials Plow Through Tons of Brush

In 90-degree heat, a city contractor raked piles of brush from a front yard and shoved them into a garbage bag. Sweat dripped from his face, and leaves stuck to his wet hands.His partner operated a crane, picking up larger loads and shoving them forcefully into the truck's haul that was now filled to the brim.Several of some 25 contract crews were in Far North Dallas on Friday, extra hands working in and around one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the June 9 storm. The city is paying each crew $245 an hour to pick up the massive tree debris still left on the curbs, said Tim Oliver, assistant director of the Sanitation Department. Powerful winds and heavy rainfall downed more than 600 trees in Dallas' parks alone. And city workers have been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of brush.   Continue reading...

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