CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - There has now been 175,000 tons of tree debris that has been collected in Cedar Rapids as a result of the derecho.
The Cedar Rapids Public Works Director estimates there to be about 1 billion pounds of tree debris that will be collected when it is completed.
Arborists are making their way through the city to mark trees that still need to be taken down.
“It’s hard to estimate at this point how many trees will need to come down,” Public Works Director Jen Winter said.
Contractors and other city workers continue to be productive, working 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week, clearing the trees from streets and homes. There was a bit of a set back when it rained for about a week straight, however, crews still did what they can.
“Everybody was still working that week, but we had to kind of shift what tasks those people were doing in order to keep some level of production going," Winter said. "So we weren’t stopped entirely but this week has definitely been much better."
Concerns that the crews have missed locations around the city have been brought up amongst the public, but the Public Works director assures that those spots are being recorded and will not be forgotten about.
"It will be picked up...if it appears that a contractor hasn’t picked it up the first time they’ve come through, it’s probably because of the size of the equipment and we have to send something else back in there to get that,” Winter said.
The workers are turning the debris into mulch on location at the collection sites.
Cedar Rapids Public Works hopes to have this first round of collection done by the end of September.