Curbside Debris Removal Important Update:
Curbside tree and debris removal is progressing quickly. Crews are in all areas of the city. If you have branches out to be picked up please move all vehicles from the area. If there is anything blocking the area the debris will not be picked up this round. Please be aware of the crews and follow safe driving.
Crews are also cutting overhead branches and trees that are safety hazards. These crews are also out throughout the entire city. Please do not block damaged trees with vehicles.
City crews are working along sections of the Bike path, areas of this path will be closed. Please for your safety and the safety of the crews please avoid these areas.
Curbside pick up began in Rapid City Tuesday. A company hired to do the pick-up specializes in disaster clean-up. The Minneapolis based company Ceres Environmental has 400 storm cleanups under their belt. And they've recruited people from across the country to help with this job. The employees will stay here for about six to eight weeks going from neighborhood to neighborhood picking up tree debris.
If you miss the pick-up, they'll go through the city three times before they leave.
Robert Parmer with Ceres Environmental says they worked closely with the city to develop a plan to get the pick up done safely and efficiently. He said "high traffic areas, we want to eliminate those hazards and areas first and we start working into then residential areas. One of the big things is for us is to get the public to know what we do and when they heard curb side pickup they aren't quite sure but when they see the truck coming down the road, they kind of understand it"
The company will also go through and trim loose and broken branches throughout the city to prevent branches from falling.