City arranges special collection of storm debris

Many trees were damaged by storms in Lewisville Wednesday morning. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

The City of Lewisville has arranged a special storm debris collection with Waste Management between Monday, April 3, and Friday, April 14. Collection will occur Monday-Friday, 7 a.m-7 p.m.

The storms that moved through Lewisville on March 29 included an EF-1 tornado, hail, and high winds. The main area of impact was around Fox Avenue and Sylvan Creek Bend, to the northeast towards the Municipal Annex, and continuing northeast towards the College Parkway and Valley Ridge Boulevard areas.

There were no fatalities or serious injuries as a result of the storms. Damage consisted of downed trees, downed power lines, signs and vehicles, and structure damage. A total of 31 properties (22 houses, six businesses, two apartments, one church) suffered major damage, and 84 others suffered minor damage.

Residents are encouraged to begin placing storm-related debris out on their curb as soon as possible. Areas with less damage will be collected first to allow more time for heavily damaged areas to get cleaned up. Collections will begin in the northeast section of Lewisville and move south through the targeted areas. Regular trash/recycling will be collected as scheduled in regular collection locations; standard volume limits still apply.

Map of areas getting special storm debris pickup…

Only debris related to the March 29 storm will be collected during the special pickups. Significant construction and demolition materials are not eligible for pick up. There can be no contractor-generated materials and no materials from roof tear-offs. Materials must be the type and size that a grappler can pick up. Unacceptable materials will be tagged and not collected.

If using a contractor, residents should ask them to mulch tree limbs or otherwise haul debris to the landfill.

Tips for getting storm debris collected:

  •         All material must be placed street-side, even if normal trash collection is in the alley.
  •         The debris pile must be placed within six feet of the curb.
  •         No vehicles should be parked in front of the debris pile. That means there should be no parking in front of residences Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. until the recovery process ends on April 14.
  •         Residents should not set debris on top of water meters, gas meters, sprinkler heads, or anything else that can result in property damage. Grapple collection can result in small pieces of turf being disturbed or removed when the debris pile is serviced.
  •         The debris pile needs to be at least three feet away from any mailboxes, basketball goals, fences, or general landscaping.
  •         The debris pile cannot be placed under any wires that are lower than 18 feet in height or under trees that are lower than 12 feet at the lowest branch.
  •         Materials cannot be larger than 10 feet in length and two feet in diameter.
  •         No roll-offs will be put out due to monitoring issues and safety concerns.

Updates on the collection effort and information about the storm debris collections will be posted on the city website – Residents are urged to sign up for electronic citizen alert notifications to stay informed of any updates