GOSHEN — When strong winds nearing 70 mph hit Goshen in the early morning July 1, tearing down tree limbs and electrical poles, the city’s street department started working on cleanup within an hour after the storm cleared.
Cleanup continues in the city, and street commissioner Denny Long said it could take the street department another two to three weeks for storm-related cleanup to be completed.
“The July 1 storm affected the entire city to varying degrees,” Long said in a statement. “In the nearly two weeks since the event, the street department crews have taken 400-plus loads to the Environmental Center, and they have a large area still to collect.”
Because the street department must also work on other tasks, like helping with preparations for the fair and road maintenance, crews are not able to give their full attention to brush pickup. However, cleanup remains a top priority for the street department, Long said.
In a news release, the city of Goshen listed instructions to help facilitate brush pickup for homeowners:
• The Goshen Street Department cannot come onto private property to pull trees off houses, fences or other property.
• With this massive damage, the city cannot be responsible for repairing damaged lawns.
• Whole trees will not be removed.
• Stumps will not be removed.
• Other yard waste will not be removed.
• Piles containing any other storm damage/debris — trash, processed lumber, screens, etc. — will not be removed.
• If vehicles are parked in front of, against or over brush piles, the street crews cannot pick up the pile.
• Brush cannot be placed on concrete to prevent damage from being driven on by heavy street department equipment.
• Cut limbs and brush to a maximum of 10 feet in length. This is necessary so they will fit in street department trucks.
• Limbs may up to 12 inches in diameter.
• Brush piles must be left at the curb and not intrude in the street; brush in alleys will not be removed.
• Brush is to be piled behind the sidewalk so it does not get in the way of repair crews.
• Brush piles are to be placed away from utility poles, fire hydrants or trees.