City Debris Cleanup After Metro Storm

Updated: 06/27/2013 11:25 AM By: Leslie Dyste

Wayzata canceled the event due to storm damage
Wayzata canceled the event due to storm damage
Photo: Photo Courtesy Terri Huml

Thunderstorms that hit the Twin Cities last weekend caused several events, businesses and public services to close across the metro. It also left storm debris in many cities.

Xcel Energy is reminding residents without power to unplug fridges and other major appliances because they can be damaged by an electrical surge when power resumes.

Here's a list of some of the closures and information about city clean-up efforts:


The city opened a dump site for tree branches. Through July 10, the free dump site will be open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The site will be closed July 4.

The location is across from the Braemar Golf Dome, 7420 Braemar Blvd. Residents with tree branches much present a valid proof of residency. Contractors can use the site too.

No stumps are allowed. More information is available by calling the public works department 952-826-0376.

Golden Valley

Hundreds of downed and damage trees are throughout the city. To help residents more easily dispose of tree debris, the city opened a temporary tree debris drop off site at 9401 10th Ave. and will begin a curbside brush pickup Monday, July 1.

Click here for more details.

To report a power outage or receive an update on outages, call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-1999. Downed power lines should be reported to Xcel or 911.

As of Tuesday, June 25, the Golden Valley, Crystal and New Hope are under an essential-use-only water conservation measures until the Crystal pumping station has been restored to operation. Details and updates are available here.


The city of Minneapolis is working to remove trees and reopen city streets following Friday night's storms that hit several neighborhoods.

Tree debris has been planned for July 1-12.

City officials are asking residents to check on elderly neighbors who may need assistance.

More information about the city's cleanup is available here.

New Brighton

The City of New Brighton will begin pickup of trees and tree debris from city boulevards. Residents of New Brighton can place all tree limbs and branches on the boulevard or curb side for pickup.

Tree pickup will begin Friday, June 28 on the south end of New Brighton and proceed moving north. This is a one-time pickup, the city says. 

If the city has already gone through a neighborhood and picked up trees, there will not be a second pickup. The city recommends that residents get their debris to the curb in a timely manner.  

Tree clean-up should be completed by July 5th.  

Report all storm related damage via the City Storm Damage web page:


One of two temporary drop-off sites for tree debris is closed.

The site at West Medicine Lake Park closed on Tuesday. The site at Bass Lake Playfield, 5450 Northwest Blvd., is still open.

Hours for the drop-off are 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 26 and 27.
The regular yard waste site, 14900 23rd Ave. N., will hold its normal hours of 3-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, June 26-28, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30.

The site will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. July 1-5, including July 4. From July 6-7, the site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After July 7, the site will return to its routine schedule, which is 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The site is typically closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

It is possible the regular yard waste site will stay open on Monday and Tuesday in July with extended hours if the clean up efforts require it.

Parks and Recreation Director Diane Evans said the status of Bass Lake Playfield temporary site will be looked at this week and a decision regarding closing the site will be made.
Plymouth wants to remind residents that they will not be conducting a curbside pickup of debris and residents are responsible for the removal.

"We hope that the temporary sites and extended hours at the yard waste site have helped ease the burden a bit on homeowners as they have dealt with the effects of the storm," said City Manager Laurie Ahrens.

For more information click here.


The Roseville mayor has declared a local emergency following Friday night's storm.

Mayor Dan Roe made the announcement Saturday after an emergency meeting allowing the city to help residents dispose of downed trees, brush and other tree debris needing disposal.

Numerous trees and branches are down in the city and localized flooding occurred.

Property owners can move trees and brush to the curb and the city will pick up the debris beginning July 8. The city will begin the final sweep through neighborhoods at that time.

Debris and brush also can be taken to Ramsey County brush sites. Residents can call 651-633-3279, or log onto here to find times and locations.

More information about the cleanup in Roseville is available here.


Savage's annual summer celebration, Dan Patch Days, was canceled.

St. Louis Park

The city will begin curbside pickup Tuesday, June 25, in the areas that were hit hardest from the storm.  The debris must be 6 feet or under in length, or cut to 6 feet and under and packed or stacked as tightly as possible. Place debris at the curb in front of your home, not in the alley.

Residents can drop off the debris 4 inches larger in diameter to the city's free brush drop off site. Click here for details. The sites will be open for extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through July 7.

Branches less than 4 inches will be picked up as part of routine yard waste.

Xcel Energy has reported that power outages should be restored Wednesday, June 26. Additional information about the outages is available by calling 1-800-895-1999 or visiting

Residents can report any significant blockages or safety hazards on the street to the city by calling 952-924-2562.

St. Paul

More than 2,000 public trees were damaged in the storm and 500 public trees fell, according to the city. Twenty-six of those fell on homes.

The city will be helping residents remove tree debris from boulevards within the next three weeks. Crews can only pick up logs and brush, not stumps, that have fallen from the storm.

Residents can ask to have debris removed by calling 651-632-5129.

Debris must be placed on the curb by Friday, June 28.

City crews worked nonstop Saturday to clean and repair damage caused by the storm. Residents are encouraged to stay away from downed power lines.

Several areas in the city are being assessed for damage. To report public tree debris, call the public works 24-hour hotline 651-266-9700. Fallen power lines should be reported to Xcel Energy by calling 1-800-895-4999.