October Ice Storm Cleanup Taking Longer Than Expected

Monday, November 30th 2020, 5:51 pm
By: Karl Torp

Oklahoma City -

The City of Oklahoma City said its behind schedule on the cleanup plan to remove debris left behind from October’s historic ice storm.

The process is expected to take four months to clean up.

So far, crews have gotten bogged down in neighborhoods with the biggest piles of debris.

“It’s taking a little bit longer than we expected,” said OKC Utilities department Spokeswoman Jennifer McClintock.

The city has provided a debris pickup map that shows the progress being made.

Meanwhile, outside crews from places like the Hurricane torn gulf coast are starting to roll into town.

“We’ve had competition with other storms, but we are working to get more trucks on the ground,” said McClintock.

Oklahoma City is allowing residents to dump their storm debris at the city's landfill for free on Saturdays if they don't want to wait for crews to come get it.

Cleaning up the estimated 100,000 tons of debris across OKC’s 621 square miles will cost $7-$10 milion, according to city leaders.

OKC will apply for FEMA reimbursement.

The city still hopes to complete its first pass through by January 30 and its second pass by mid-March.

The utilities department also wants residents to not put bags for leaves in the piles with ice storm debris.

Those bags will not be picked up.