Special tree debris pickup scheduled

Friday, July 11, 2014 | 6:06 p.m. CDT; updated 4:59 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public Works Department will be conducting a special tree and storm debris pickup July 19 to help Columbia residents clear the wreckage of Monday night's storm.

In order to allow residents to remove debris that wouldn't normally meet curbside pickup criteria, the special pickup session will have relaxed size requirements, according to a Public Works news release.

Public Works spokesman Steven Sapp said normal curbside criteria for tree parts is that they are no longer than four feet, no wider than two feet and must be bound in bundles that weigh less than 50 pounds.

The July 19 special pickup session will have no weight limit or bundling requirements. The only size criteria is that tree limbs be cut into lengths of five feet or less, according to the release.

Columbia residents need to call a scheduling line before 5 p.m. on July 17 to request a pickup. The release said no pickup requests will be accepted after that time.

To schedule a pickup, residents should call 441-5550 and listen to the automated message. After hearing the tone, they should leave a message with their first and last name, street address, ZIP code and phone number. Callers should only leave one request.

Storm debris must be on the curb by 7 a.m., July 19. If pickup crews are not able to collect all materials that Saturday, the remaining debris will be collected July 20.

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman.

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