Debris removal in Washington

By WEEK Producer

November 29, 2013 Updated Nov 29, 2013 at 9:44 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Debris removal in the city of Washington enters a new phase this weekend.

In front of a backdrop of a torn-apart neighborhood, city leaders say clean-up must now become a balance between the city and insurance companies.

While commending individuals for doing everything that's been asked of them, city administrator Tim Gleason stresses that removing debris as quickly as possible is the best way to start the process of re-building.

"No additional debris should be moved to the public right of way, with the exception of large appliances, chemicals and other hazardous waste items and vegetative debris. Crews, which are volunteer crews, will be removing these items from the public right of way starting tomorrow, Saturday," said Gleason.

Other rules for getting rid of debris: large appliances need to be sealed and tied. Vegetative debris must be cut to six-feet in length or less. And dumpsters must be kept at least ten-feet away from the curb and from fire hydrants.

Also, the city of Washington has cancelled its monthly emergency siren test scheduled for this coming Tuesday.

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