City Crews ‘Followed Policy’ When Piling Storm Debris on Front Lawn

Rocky Burgett's Tree Service clears up storm debris for free after Public Works placed it on a woman's front lawn.

Rocky Burgett’s Tree Service clears up storm debris for free after city works placed it on a woman’s front lawn.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Public Works says crews were following policy when they placed storm debris on a woman’s front lawn.

On Friday, a Channel 13 viewer shot video of city crews removing a large tree branch that had fallen across part of Center Street.

After cutting up the branch, crews stacked the debris in the homeowner’s yard despite two empty dump trucks parked nearby.

The Des Moines Public Works department says its crew followed city policy.

The crew was heading to clear a downed tree on public property when it came across the problem. They stopped to move the large branch out of the roadway at the address because it was causing a traffic problem.

“To keep this operation going and to get our crews that are limited resource like everything else to get those streets open, that private debris goes back on the area where it came from and that’s what happened at 2513 [Center Street] it was placed neatly back on that property for that property owner to deal with,” Public Works director Pat Kozitza said.

And after seeing our story, a local tree service stepped in to deal with it.

Rocky Burgett’s Tree Service loaded up all of the debris and hauled it away free of charge.

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