City estimates time to clean up debris after severe storms

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Recent severe thunderstorms have left a mess in parts of the valley, and the cleanup has been slow going. Valley News Live talked with those in charge about the seemingly never-ending work Wednesday.

The word from those in charge of the cleanup isn't what most want to hear.

"Be patient and understand that there's a high volume that we're dealing with here," said Scott Liudahl, City of Fargo Forester.

That high volume dates back to late June when the first big storm made the first of several messes to come.

"Well obviously there's a lot of branches laying around that've been here for I don't know... A week? A little over maybe?" said Diana Blomeke, a resident of Fargo.

"They kind of go all over the grass, and I thought people would come out way earlier to pick them up so they wouldn't keep piling up," said Kellcie Brown from Fargo.

It's going to take a while to get those piles picked up. In Fargo, it could take a month, even with additional crews.

However, for some Fargo residents, like Bob Nestoss, who sees the city first hand on the bike, he's not too worried.

What should you do in the meantime?

People living along 25th Street South say everyone's pretty "neighborly."

If they see tree limbs blown into other people's yard, they'll go an pick them up.

You can also take matters into your own hands and drop tree branches at the landfill, free of charge and that's year round.

For more information from the Fargo Forestry Department, click here: