Dallas Deploys Crews to Start Debris Pickup After Tornadoes

As post-storm cleanup gets underway, debris is starting to pile up along roads in North Dallas.

Removal could take some time, but the city said it does have a plan, and it's already in motion.

The city of Dallas deployed what's called Convoy Strike Teams. These are teams made of up of several departments, including code, sanitation and parks and recreation. Fort Worth stepped in to help as well.

"It means everything. It really does," homeowner Jason Oleniczek said.

In a hard hit neighborhood near Walnut Hill, Oleniczek lost several mature trees.

Earlier this week, he said the debris pile in front of his house reached 20 to 25 feet. 

Though some remained Saturday, he was grateful for what crews accomplished Saturday.

"There's miles and miles of this devastation, and trying to pull thousands of pounds of trees out of people's yards is not easy," Oleniczek said.

Altogether, there are some 600 Strike crews on the ground. The work they've been tasked with started Wednesday, focusing on both main primary roads and neighborhoods.

A city spokeswoman said the city couldn't say when cleanup will be complete.

In the meantime, they advise people to follow the guidelines when it comes to piling debris. Set it to the side in such a way that it doesn't interfere with pedestrian or vehicle traffic.

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