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Residents still waiting for storm debris removal


OKLAHOMA CITY — “This is kindling. This is the Chicago fire waiting to happen,” Nolora Burns said her Southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood is a hazard. Debris piled high from the May 31st tornado still sits along the curbs.

Burns said if you drive up and down streets from S.W. 44th to Straka Terrace and from Penn to Walker; there hasn’t been a pick up for debris. She doesn’t know  what’s living in the piles and rotting mess.

“Racoons and Rats.  I don’t’ know what’s living out here.  I’m afraid to be standing here.  Something might jump out,” Burns says.

We talked to Eric Wenger with Oklahoma City.  He said they are picking up debris from Northwest 36th to South 134th and from Mustang Road to Santa Fe.

“Debris pick-up began in early june and we were anticipating finishing up by early July. To date we’re about 60 percent complete.”

They have received the federal funds for clean-up Wenger said. They’ll be stepping it up.

“We’re also planning on adding additional contractors to help expedite the work as well,” Wenger says.

Burns said at this point it can’t be fast enough.

“Moore’s going to be rebuilt – we’re still going to have trash on the south side,” Eric Wenger says.

He said the first sweep of pick-ups should be completed by the end of July or the 1st of August.