Today is last day Mpls. will pick up tornado debris

Piles of brush
Volunteers descend on north Minneapolis on Saturday, June 4, 2011, to help remove debris left behind by a tornado that hit the area two weeks prior.
MPR File Photo/Nikki Tundel

Officials in Minneapolis say Friday is the last day city crews will be out picking up debris from trees downed by spring storms like the May 22 tornado.

The city has been out looking for large tree debris beside Minneapolis streets for weeks. But the city says crews won't be picking up tree trunks and big branches from boulevards after Friday unless they're asked.

The city says they'll continue respond to requests from property owners and residents, who can call 311 for pickup after Friday. Regular yard waste services will also continue picking up small limbs that have been cut and bundled.

The city is working on plan for home and construction debris. Collection of those materials in so-called "clean sweeps" are being organized by neighborhood. They could start as soon as next Saturday. The city is also taking debris at two transfer stations, although residents need to call 311 to get a voucher for dropoff.