St. Peters to aid tornado clean-up with extra trash pick-ups

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ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – There's a new plan to help tornado victims in St. Peters tonight.

There are no injuries but damage is widespread.

Cleaning up the debris from Saturday’s EF-0 twister (the smallest on the scale) is more than victims can handle on their own.

One pile of limbs on Garden Gate Court is about 20 feet long and nearly 6 feet high in spots.  It’s all from one tree.

Starting Tuesday, June 10, St. Peters solid waste workers will start going "pile to pile" to clean it all up.

Even when it's all gone, the neighborhoods won't be the same.

“I saw the ceiling shaking a little,” Alayna Ianiri, 9, recalled. “Some people (living) behind us, like over there said that they saw swirls in the sky.”

“It was like all the air was being sucked in from the outside,” her mother, Marti said.

Marti Ianiri, her husband, and two kids rode out the storm in her basement.  They surfaced to find the neighborhood drastically changed in a span of 30 seconds.

“They were scared,” she said of her children.

“My soccer goal was destroyed,” Alayna said.

So was a big portion of their fence.  Twisted trampolines danced from yard to yard.  There were limbs and trees down everywhere.

Residents have either been hiring people to cut them up or doing it themselves.

They have nowhere to go with it all.

So the city of St. Peters is making special arrangements, no matter how big the pile.

“No, no, we’ll work the pile down especially the pile behind me.  That will take us a number of truckloads to get it out of here,” said David Kuppler of the City of St. Peters.  “If you’re a resident of St. Peters along the Highway 94 corridor and you’ve had tree damage, brush damage, make an appointment.  We’ll come out and pick it up.  We can actually pick it up at your house, limb lengths up to 8 ft.”

He himself was caught out in it, away from home at a movie theater.  Clean up is but a small consideration.

“All the halls were crowded.  There were a lot of people in the halls. Wehrenberg did a great job.  We just kind of waited.  Then we actually went back in for a few minutes then the second warning went off and we all came back out again,” Kuppler said.

“I feel like we dodged it.  No one was injured.  Everybody was safe in the house,” Marti Ianiri said.

Kuppler said the maximum limb length was 8 feet because that's all the grinder can handle.  Here's the number to call for debris pick-up:  (636) 970-1456, option 1.

Bundled tornado debris can also be put out on normal yard waste days but the maximum limb length is 3ft.

Resident can choose to self-haul debris to St. Peters Earth Centre at no charge.  Proof of residency is required.

For information on St. Peters tornado clean-up, click on St. Peters.

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