Brooklyn Center: Storm Damage Not Enough to Trigger Clean-Up

Updated: 06/27/2013 6:28 AM By: Tim Sherno

Metro cities hit hardest by the recent storms are still cleaning up, but in some cities the damage is not as severe or wide spread. In Brooklyn Center, the city is leaving clean up to residents.

Kenneth Ley lives in Brooklyn Center; he points to a large pile of debris in front of his house and wonders why the city isn't removing it. "We figured the city would come out and clean it up," he says. Ley says in the past city crews have removed debris, "The last time we had storms they picked it up, so we just assumed they'd pick it up."

Brooklyn Center did experience severe and widespread damage following storms back in 2005, and the damage posed a threat to public safety. But, the city says the most recent storms don't meet the cities requirement for clean-up.

Vickie Schleuning is the Assistant City Manager in Brooklyn Center, she says the city empathizes with residents dealing with storm damage but can't justify the cost, "Because if it doesn't effect or benefit the whole public, at what point does it become an added service that you look to provide on an ongoing basis?"

Assistant City Manager Schleuning says the city has provided residents with locations of facilities that will accept storm debris, as well as a list of contractors. The city says it will be flexible on clean-up deadlines.

Brooklyn Center isn't alone. Minnetonka is another city not picking up debris. Minnetonka is extending drop-off hours.

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