Shawnee residents getting cleanup help from city

Posted at 2:51 PM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 21:27:22-04

The storm that hit Kansas City earlier this week did significant damage to many homes and trees throughout the metro. 

The people who dumped their piles of debris are judging the storm that blew through not by the wind speed or rain gauge, but by the number of truck loads it is taking to remove all of the damage. 

What was an empty lot at the corner of Johnson Drive and Renner is now a hub of activity, as truck after truck arrives to pick up storm debris. 

READ: Businesses cleaning up after Thursday flooding

With each load comes a story of what came down in the storm. 

"I had a 40-year-old locust tree come down in my back yard Thursday night and hit my house," said Chris Meyer, Shawnee resident. 

"An old Bradford pear tree fell down between the side of the house and my patio," said Mick Shelby, Shawnee resident.

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City workers are using heavy equipment to pile the debris higher and higher. 

Piles of storm debris will continue to grow over the coming week. Shawnee will turn these piles into mulch, which will allow residents to come back and use it on their own yards. 


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