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Cleanup after storm continues

July 22, 2013

City crews and contractors will continue to clear fallen branches from sidewalks and roadways after high winds hit the city the evening of July 19.

The most severe damage from the high winds was in the northeast and southeast sections of the city, according to Troy city officials.

DTE Energy spokesperson Randi Berris said that an estimated 9,000 customers in the tri-county area were out of power as of the late morning July 22 — an estimated 3,000 customers in Oakland County. She didn’t have a breakdown for customers without power in Troy. She said DTE estimated that 98 percent of those customers’ power would be restored by the evening of July 22.

Following the storm, 145,000 customers lost power in southeast Michigan, Berris said.

Troy Department of Public Works crews and contractors prioritized damage on a scale of 1 to 6.

These are:

1-Fully blocked roads

2-Blocked driveways

3-Partially blocked roads

4-Dangerous hanging limbs

5-Blocked sidewalks

6-Brush in right-of-way

“It’s going really well,” said Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for Troy, of the cleanup efforts the morning of July 22.

“Because the city’s forestry contractor, JH Hart, was able to dedicate (more) additional crews than expected over the weekend, we are ahead of the predicted schedule,” said Kurt Bovenseip, superintendent of parks, streets and drains, via email.  Initially, the DPW estimated they would begin to handle Nos. 5 and 6 priorities mid-week.

“There are a few priority 4’s out there, but we have begun working on priorities 5-6 (at 1 p.m. July 22),” Bovenseip said. The only fully blocked roads at press time Monday afternoon were Hartwig, Barabeau and Cambria, located south of South Boulevard and east of Rochester. Those streets remain closed due to downed power lines and a report of 13 snapped utility poles. City officials said DTE reported that power would not be restored to that area for several days.

After crews clear all city roadways of tree debris, the city forester will begin assessing trees to determine what standing trees require further trimming or complete removal because of the damage.

Property owners are responsible for removing brush from trees on private property, unless the debris is blocking a roadway or sidewalk, in which case the city of Troy will remove the debris.

Guidelines for tree-branch collection are as follows: branches must be less than 2 inches in diameter, cut to 3 feet in length or shorter and tied in bundles weighing 40 pounds or less. The DPW may be reached at (248) 524-3392.

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