Mayor Kilpatrick Outlines Detroit's Storm Clean-Up Procedure

Feb 01, 2002, 00:00 ET from City of Detroit

    DETROIT, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- City of Detroit crews from the Department
 of Public Works and Recreation's Forestry Division began a second day of
 16-hour shifts to clear debris in the wake of Wednesday's storm.
     "I am committed to protecting the well-being of Detroit's citizens.  To
 that end, we are continuously working to provide improved city services and
 appropriate response times, not only during emergency situations, but on a
 day-to-day basis," said Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick.
     Following through on this initiative, during the first hours of inclement
 weather, Mayor Kilpatrick ordered key personnel to streamline standard damage
 assessment and clean-up procedures, and crews are expected to continue working
 throughout the day on Saturday.  At present, workers are responding to over
 200 calls from citizens.
     According to procedure, the first phase of storm clean-up includes the
 immediate opening of all blocked thoroughfares.  During the second phase,
 crews will clear fallen trees, limbs and debris that block entranceways or are
 presenting a hazardous situation.  The City may give special consideration to
 circumstances involving elderly, ill, or physically disabled persons.  By law,
 the City is required to remove damaged trees or limbs which were located on
 City property.  The City may not remove any debris, limbs or trees on
 privately-owned property, no exceptions.
     Residents and businesses that want to report storm damage should contact
 the following numbers:
     Trees, limbs, and debris    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.   Monday-Friday   313-224-1111
     Trees, limbs, and debris    After business
                                  hours                            313-876-4279
     Downed power lines,
      street light/traffic signal outages                          313-224-0500
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