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City Addresses Safety and Accessibility After Snow Storm - Community Clean-up Efforts Begin

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Today’s heavy, wet snow caused widespread tree damage, including broken and fallen limbs. To improve safety and accessibility, City crews have been working to clear branches from roadways and the public right-of-way. Forestry is also working to remove damaged branches from City trees. The City is currently working with community partners including Colorado State University, Larimer County, and others on community clean-up efforts.

“I’m always impressed by how quickly and generously this community responds to difficult situations,” said Darin Atteberry, City Manager. “I truly appreciate the work of City crews, community partners, and our neighbors who are so willing to cooperate and assist each other in times of need.”

Dangerous Trees If a damaged tree on your property is threatening the safety of people or property, please call a private arborist immediately for assistance. If a damaged tree is in the public right of way, please call Forestry at 970-221-6660.

Free Pick Up of Damaged Branches To assist residents with clean-up efforts, the City will pick-up and remove all branches and debris that are a result of storm damage for free. Branches must be moved to the street; the City will not remove damaged limbs from private property. Pick-up services will begin on Monday, October 31 and continue as needed. A more detailed pick-up schedule will be available tomorrow.

Free Drop-Off Location For those who would like to clear their property more quickly, the City is securing a drop-off site where residents can deliver tree limbs and debris at no charge. Location and hours of operation will be released tomorrow.

Traditionally, removing damaged branches is the responsibility of the property owner or tenant; however, due to the widespread damage, the City is using emergency reserve funds to provide pick-up services and a community drop-off site.

Other Clean-up Details If you have equipment, tools, or just an extra set of hands, please consider assisting your neighbors in cleaning up their private property and moving debris into the street. Home owners associations and neighborhood groups can play an important role and be enormously help for those unable to clear their property alone.

If you have experienced damage to your car, home, or other property, contact your insurance company right away.

Please continue to use caution when driving or walking near snow-laden and/or damaged trees, and avoid parking under them.

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