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Cleanup underway in the metro after Friday's severe storms

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 16:10:05-04

Update from the City of Omaha:

Two of the city drop-off sites are full and will close at 2pm today. These sites are 156th and F and Towl Park at 93rd and Center. The remaining four sites have plenty of capacity. These four locations will remain open through Saturday, July 17.

The hours will shift to 7am - 7pm beginning tomorrow and through Saturday.

Update from the City of Papillion

Dumpsite Updated Hours, Curbside Pickup Details

The Papillion Public Works dumpsite at 9909 Portal Road is open this week and accepting tree and vegetation storm debris. The site will be open through Friday, 7am to 5pm each day. Again, the site is only accepting vegetation debris. Open to Papillion and La Vista residents, residents of Papillion and La Vista SIDs and residents in unincorporated areas with Papillion and La Vista addresses.

Curbside Pickup – Open Only to Residents Inside Papillion City Limits

For residents who may not be able to transport debris to the dumpsite — Starting Thursday, City of Papillion crews will come through neighborhoods inside Papillion City limits to pick up residential tree and vegetation debris from the storm. By Wednesday evening, residents should place the tree and vegetation debris they would like to have picked up along curb lines, not impeding sidewalks or streets. Debris should be cut to be no more than 6 feet in length and should be no more than 4 inches in diameter. Note that our crews will not be able to make repairs to sod and landscaping that residents may have in the curbside right-of-way.

Update from the City of Bellevue:

Update from Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium:

Community organizations providing aid:

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Friday's storm affected all corners of the Omaha metro.

At one point, close to 190,000 people were without power.

Now folks in the metro are working to clean up the damage.

Trees down, streets blocked off, power outages and traffic issues are the aftermaths of Friday night's storm.

Debris drop-off sites opened Saturday, but the entrances were backed up. People weren’t really expecting the level of damage the storm really caused, so they’ve had to rush to hardware stores in order to get supplies and tools to be able to clean up that debris.

"I woke up and there was sticks and tree branches all over the place so I didn’t have a saw that would cut so I had to add it to the list," said Andrew Wilson, an ACE Hardware customer.

Folks in Omaha will now have until Wednesday to get rid of any tree debris at drop-off sites.

RELATED: Omaha announces storm clean-up sites to be open through Wednesday

There are six drop-off sites spread across the city to help people clean up from the storm.

For those not wanting to wait in line at a drop-off site, FCC Environmental will collect storm debris from residential addresses along with regular garbage and recycling services starting Monday.

This emergency collection will run for one week. Tree debris can be placed in the 96-gallon trash carts or in brown yard waste bags on your regular day of collection. Pre-paid stickers will not be required this week.

Larger tree debris can be bundled with rope or twine and placed at the curb next to the cart.

Anything larger than 40 pounds must be taken to a drop-off site.

Due to the additional volume, all collections this week may be delayed by one day. FCC will work Monday through Saturday to provide service.

Visit OPPD's website for up-to-date power outage information.

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