Update on City Response to Winter Storm for 10/29

Recycled Tree Material

The winter storm on Sunday, October 25 inflicted major damage on the urban tree canopy. The City of Grand Junction mobilized crews on Sunday night and has been adding in more resources to address the damage with each day. We recognize that residents may have concerns and questions regarding trees on private property and public rights-of-way, as well as what immediate actions can be taken to address the situation.  To answer questions, the City is committed to providing a daily update until the clean-up is complete.

City Response Update for October 29 – To date, the City has received 250 work order requests for tree issues resulting from the winter storm. Work orders range in size from trees at a specific residence to areas that cover entire city blocks. Please view an updated map of the response on our website.

The City’s response is now being addressed by over 30 City employees along with the three additional private tree service contractors. There are three City supervisors who are currently assessing the status each work order and documenting those that are complete. The supervisors are simultaneously identifying additional areas within the City that need attention that the untrained eye may miss. Although progress is being made, new trees in need of care and attention continue to be identified.

As of today, the clean-up in most of the downtown core area has been completed. Crews are now responding to other areas within the City. As crews complete work orders, the downed tree limbs are being recycled into material that will be used throughout the parks and recreation system throughout the year. This mulch pile is shown in the picture above. The City also makes this mulch available to any resident within the City.  Residents may access this mulch pile and receive free mulch by coming to the City of Grand Junction Parks Operations Office at 2529 High Country Court.

Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org

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