Residents Beat Storm Debris Drop Off Deadline
Omaha, NE -- For almost a week, people around The Metro have been cleaning up after Monday's storm.
Saturday was the last day for residents to drop off what Mother Nature left behind.
"It was hell of a week," said Joe Merten, an Omaha resident.
It's a sentiment thousands across Omaha can agree with.
On Monday, a storm tore through parts of the area leaving thousands without power.
Businesses and homeowners were left digging out.
"It was just a really eventful week, as far as getting this kind of stuff done," said Merten. "The heat, the humidity, it was a physical week."
Merten manages several rental properties in the area. He said his week has been consumed with cleanup.
"I don't know how many trips I've made down here, but it's been a whole bunch," said Merten. "I didn't keep count."
All those trips were made to a city lot near 11th and Locust Streets. It was one of the two locations where people have been dropping off debris all week.
"It's enormous," said Eddie Gray, who was also dropping off tree branches. "There have been a lot of trees down, and people trying to get rid of all the rubbish. "They'll have their work cut out for them when they mulch it up."
The pile of debris is the work that still needs to be done.
For those who spent the week cleaning up, they feel nothing but relief that it is over.
"I'm pretty shot, physically," said Merden. "I'm thinking some prime rib right now and some refreshments."
If you could not make it out to the drop offs, you can also cut your tree limbs and put them in yard waste containers for weekly curbside pickup.