Milwaukee residents encouraged to continue reporting major downed trees, branches

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- As cleanup continues from last week's severe storms, residents are encouraged to continue reporting downed trees or limbs that may be posing a safety hazard. 

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) said in a news release, their goal this week is complete critical level safety-related service requests and move focus to other service requests and clean-up efforts. DPW managers and supervisors have been busy in-the-field responding to the 1,800 city street tree service calls and, in some instances, happened upon critical locations that had not been reported.

DPW is asking the public to call 286-CITY (2489) to report any trees/large limbs that are still blocking streets or alleyways and/or trees that are on houses/cars. 

"DPW is very appreciative of the great patience and cooperation shown by our city residents and businesses. At the moment Forestry operations are focused on this clean up. Other activities such as boulevard maintenance and emerald ash-borer injections are on hold as we continue our storm response," DPW said in the release. 

A reminder for residents continuing their cleanup:

  • The City of Milwaukee Drop Off Center accepts up to 6 cubic yards of brush, including logs and larger branches at no charge. Spoiled food that is bagged will also be accepted, double-bagging spoiled food at the Drop Off Center or in garbage carts is encouraged. Drop Off Centers are open Tues-Sun 7 a.m – 3 p.m. CLICK HERE for locations. Open to City of Milwaukee residents and property owners, ID required.
  • Sanitation Services will collect up to 2 cubic yards of brush, branches less than 6” in diameter and less than 4’ in length, curbside upon request at no charge. Request a brush pickup online HERE or by calling 414-286-CITY.
  • Brush should be at your regular collection point for service. Please do not put brush or other debris in the street for collection.
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