The city has established a tree debris disposal site to help residents with the cleanup from yesterday's strong storms.
The storms did major damage to trees around the area, taking some down, ripping branches from others and wreaking havoc with the power grid. The statue of Chief Wapello on the Wapello County Courthouse was heavily damaged, as well.
Residents may dispose of limbs and branches for no charge at the marked area at 550 Gateway Drive. Anyone bringing a load to the site should tie it securely and make sure it is covered for transport.
The site is for tree branches and limbs, not for regular trash or demolition debris. It is also reserved for residents; contractors and commercial haulers should take limbs to the Ottumwa/Wapello landfill.
The landfill will also accept limbs from residents. It is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. All loads must be covered for transport.
Regular branch and limb pickup can help residents with small amounts of debris. Pickup for those items is on Tuesdays for residents south of the Des Moines River, Thursday for residents north of the river. Those pickups are not intended for large amounts of debris or disposal of whole trees.