Disaster response efforts are making progress three weeks after the EF-3 tornado hit Richardson Oct. 20. Large trailers hired by the City to remove storm-related debris in the most severely impacted areas surpassed 700 trips this week. Trash and recycling collection in the tornado-damaged areas are back to normal.

The amount of debris caused by the severe weather is unprecedented in the city’s history. So far, almost 40,000 cubic yards of vegetative matter have been removed and close to 9,000 cubic yards of construction/demolition material have been hauled away to the landfill. After the first round of debris is removed, the City’s contractor will then follow-up with another round of removal on the affected streets.

Much of the vegetative matter will be turned into mulch and compost through the City’s partnership with Texas Pure, a regional program that provides mulch and compost to five area cities and offers it to residents at a discount.

Website: www.cor.net/stormrecovery