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City's storm debris collection site opens at noon Tuesday

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news River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Hudson Mayor Alan Burchill has declared the wind and water damage caused by two violent storms that hit the city on Friday, June 21, to be a disaster. The declaration makes the city eligible for any emergency funding that might be allocated by the state and federal governments.

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Also, the city is setting up a site for collecting tree debris that fell in Friday's storms. The site is located at O'Neil and Hanley roads, just east of the Mimbach limestone quarry.

The site will open at noon Tuesday, June 25, and remain open seven days a week through July 14. The hours are from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The site will be staffed and open to city residents only. People bringing tree debris will be asked to show proof of residency.

Property owners will be responsible for hauling the tree debris to the site, or hiring someone to do it for them.

Many city homeowners have been placing tree waste on the street boulevards in front of their houses. Zeuli said city workers have been instructed not to pick up the branches and logs unless they determine they the debris is from trees that stood in the city-owned right of way.

"If the tree came from their backyard, at this point the city is not going to pick it up," he said.

Citizens' help needed

The Public Works Department is asking for help in cleaning debris from the many stormwater catch basins on city streets. Cleaning the sticks, leaves and other debris from the grate allows more rainwater to go into the storm sewers, and reduces flooding of homes and businesses. Homeowners are asked to clean the catch basins in front of their houses if city workers haven't done it yet. They are instructed to place it on the grass near the grate for future pickup. "This will hopefully prevent some localized street flooding during any intense rain events," a notice from the city reads.

Beach closedThe Lakefront Park beach is closed until further notice due to high water and extreme beach erosion. No lifeguards are on duty and swimming is prohibited. Zeuli said the St. Croix River is expected to rise several feet because of the recent heavy rains. He said he is monitoring the river level.  
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