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Poplar Bluff, MO

Debris cleanup continues two months after ice storm

By CJ Cassidy

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - As this round of Spring weather sweeps through the Heartland, some folks are still dealing with the mess Winter Storm '09 left behind.

Now, more than two months later, some folks say they still have debris littering their yards.

"I have no idea what to do," said Russell Soens of Poplar Bluff.

He isn't just worried about the limbs littering his yard, he's afraid a broken branch could come crashing down on his home or vehicles any minute.

"My wife is disabled. I'm disabled.  My son has some moderate disability," he explained, saying that prevents him from taking care of the problem alone.

He's also anxious to get his limbs to the curb so city workers can take it all away.

"Back when the ice storm happened the city advertised they could get help for elderly and disabled," he said.

Soens says he called the number for help but help never arrived.

City Manager Doug Bagby says the ad focused on church groups and other volunteers who came out to help folks in Poplar Bluff immediately after the storm.

He says ordinances prevent city workers from stepping on private property, even if it is simply to lend a helping hand.

Folks like Kit Skaggs say the city's effort helped him.

"I gathered all mine up, and put it on the road. They picked all of mine up no problem," Skaggs said.

But Russell Soens says he must still figure out a way to get all the debris out of his yard.

"We've got a yard that's full of debris and code enforcement's saying hey you have to clean this up," he said. "I have no idea what to do."

Soens says he's already called all the tree service companies in the area and they are booked solid.

The city manager says he won't be cited, unless neighbors call and complain about the mess in his yard or he leaves the problem unattended for several months.

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