City of Salem – 02/16/21 4:45 PM
Focusing on safety first, the City of Salem continues to clear roadways and sidewalks from the aftermath of the historic President’s weekend ice storm. The City announces drop-off locations for Salem residents to deliver broken tree limbs and woody debris.
Free of charge, the City is opening tree and woody debris drop-off locations at Woodmansee, Wallace, Geer, and McKay Parks. Starting tomorrow, Salem residents can deliver woody debris seven days a week, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The drop-off sites will be operated by City staff which allows people to offload broken tree limbs and wood by hand from their own vehicle, truck bed, or trailer. Other compostable material unrelated to the ice storm will not be accepted.
Residents are encouraged to reach out to their neighbors and haulers for additional assistance with debris removal. Piled limbs and branches should not block sidewalks or bike lanes.
In the coming weeks, the City expects to complete a 120-mile safety sweep of major and minor roadways and tend to the reported 653 downed city trees sites. Once high traffic roadways have been cleaned, the City will assess the need for additional cleanup support.
City Storm Details
- From Thursday evening 2/12 through Monday 2/15 4:00 a.m. Public Works Dispatch has handled 929 telephone calls and 263 emails for a total of 1192 calls for service
- A total of 653 downed tree/limb locations have been logged and 476 have been addressed with at least a temporary “cut and push aside” response.
- Currently, 28 traffic signals are not working due to loss of electricity