Columbia residents pick up debris from storm

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | 8:39 p.m. CDT; updated 6:29 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2014
Columbia residents converge at the Capen Park Mulch Site on Wednesday after a storm with heavy winds damaged numerous trees throughout the region Monday night.

COLUMBIA — Residents from all parts of the city converged at the Capen Park Mulch Site on Wednesday to unload branches felled by heavy winds that racked mid-Missouri earlier in the week.

Mike Collins, who lives in the Old Southwest neighborhood, unloaded tree limbs from his property at the site while a country tune wafted from the speakers of his red Chevy Silverado.

A backhoe loader idled near a more than 20-foot pile of mulch. Every 15 minutes or so, its operator would ram the machine's shovel into the growing wall of branches and limbs, compressing and condensing them.

Collins, who works as the director of MU's Division of Plant Sciences, was one of hundreds of Columbia residents who visited the Capen site on Wednesday. The city also offers a mulch site at Parkside, off Creasy Springs Road, and a compost facility at the city landfill, at 5700 Peabody Road.

Columbia's mulch sites are open daily from dawn to dusk. The city's compost facility is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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