Storm cleanup in Jackson expected to take 1-2 weeks

Posted at 9:41 AM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 09:41:31-04

Employees with the city of Jackson’s Public Works Department continue to cleanup downed trees and brush after a sever thunderstorm ripped through the area late Tuesday evening, July 12.

The storm, which included heavy rains, thunder and lightning and left roughly 5,000 area residents without power also brought down a number of trees in the city.

DPW Director Todd Knepper said the city will likely be cleaning up for the next one or two weeks.

“We are receiving calls from residents expecting immediate responses, but it’s important to remember that there are other residents with the same concerns - a lot damage was done after a storm this severe,” he said.

City officials also want to make clear that city employees will not take limbs from private trees that were damaged in the storm, but rather encourage residents to contact a private company to remove that debris.

“Our main concern is to open streets and sidewalks from debris that has come from street trees we’re responsible for,” Knepper said.

Trees and brush the city will clean up after include those between the street and sidewalk, those that run down a boulevard, and those on public property.