As residents and volunteers sifted through the rubble of the leveled and damaged homes in Washington, much of the debris was taken to the curb.
WASHINGTON — As residents and volunteers sifted for keepsakes in the rubble of tornado-damaged and leveled homes in Washington, much of the debris was taken to the curb.The city conducted two rounds of picking up pieces of the houses that were taken to the curb in the last two weeks. However, city officials said they can no longer assist in debris removal. Washington City Administrator Tim Gleason provided new information for residents Friday regarding debris removal from their property.Speaking at a press conference, Gleason said homeowners should make an effort to clear as much debris as possible after contacting their insurance companies to know their coverage.“We realize that debris removal is the key to success in our rebuilding,” Gleason said. “So as soon as it’s off of the property, the sooner we start rebuilding.”Gleason advised that no additional debris should be moved to the public right-of-way except large appliances, chemicals, other hazardous waste items and vegetative debris. Volunteer crews will begin to remove debris from the public right-of-ways Saturday. Other debris should be contained in dumpsters placed on homeowners’ property, 10 feet away from the back of the curb and 10 feet away from fire hydrants.No deadlines for removing debris have been set by the city of Washington, according to Gleason.Gleason also thanked Washington residents for their continued adherence to what city officials have asked of them.“Though there has probably been confusion in some of the messages that have been sent out, nothing has changed,” Gleason said. “Again, residents have done exactly what we have asked them to do. They have pushed debris to the right-of-way, and that is my responsibility to clear. It’s just I can’t have any more.”Also, city officials announced Friday that Washington’s monthly siren test will not occur Tuesday. It has become commonplace for cities and towns to test tornado sirens at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. City officials said the operation of the sirens have been confirmed through a silent test.