Lakeville city government responds to storm damage
Neighborhoods in the northeast and southern sections of Lakeville received significant damage in the early morning hours of June 19 from what have been reported as straight-line winds.
According to City Communications Manager Sue Palm, there have been no reported injuries. City crews have been out since 5 a.m. assessing damage and clearing trees from roads, she said.
Palm said that if homeowners encounter downed power lines, they should call their electrical provider immediately (some residents have Xcel Energy and others have Dakota Electric). If people encounter downed trees in the streets or boulevard, they should call the city at 952-985-2711. However, downed trees on private property are the responsibility of homeowners, Palm said.
If homeowners choose to remove trees or stumps themselves left by this storm, they may bring them to the curbside and the city will haul them away. Before pulling up any stumps, call Gopher State One Call emergency at 866-640-3637 to locate any utilities.
Once roads are clear, the Public Works Department crews will begin to address cleanup of debris, Palm said.
“The city and its contractors will be using heavy equipment to remove brush, trees, and vegetative material within the right-or-way that is placed at the curb,” she said in a statement. “Small branches and leaves should be treated as normal yard waste and disposed of in a manner that would typically be done by the homeowner.”
City crews will begin to remove brush and debris after all roadways are clear and other priority work is complete. If possible, residents should have them placed curbside by Monday, June 25. Pickup is for vegetation only, not construction debris.