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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Although not hit as hard as other communities in the Midwest, St. Louis City crews have  their hands full helping residents clean up after the storms.  Fromnorth to south chain saws are hummingand workers are busy.  Viola Brinkman lives in St. Louis Hills.  She said, “It roared just a very few minutes and the thumping of those large logs that fell down.”

Forestry crews this morning brought down what’s left of two storm damaged trees on Brinkman’s street. While one worker takes a chain saw to the limbs up above guys on the ground feed the limbs into a wood chipper. Forestry has been responding to more than 400 calls. Viola Brinkman said she was glad she was in church when rough weather rolled through.   Brinkman added, “My car would have been in front of the house had I been my car would have been in the front of the house had I been home…it would have been totaled definitely.”

Six intersections were impacted by high winds.   Crews take the smashed signal lights to a mechanical grave yard of sorts behind the street department. Each one cost the city about $600.

Nearby several damaged street lights are stored in another bin.  They each cost about $1,000 to replace.  And it’s likely the number of damaged lights will climb.  Todd Waelterman is in charge of city streets, “We had nine of our concrete street light poles blew over that was reported this morning first thing I suspect it will hit forty as people get out stumble across them and find them.”

Starting Tuesday, November 19, 2013, City residents can call the Forestry Division at 314-613-7200 to request tree branch removal.

Residents must get all tree limbs and branches to the curb in front of their homes, ensuring that the debris is not blocking the street or sidewalk.

You may schedule a time for Forestry crews to come by until 5 p.m. Monday, November 25, 2013.

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