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Storm debris clean-up takes place Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Brentwood, Tenn.

By RACHAEL LONG

Many Brentwood residents have been dealing with storm debris in the wake of last week’s severe thunderstorms. 

Those who work for the city of Brentwood’s Public Works Department have also been working around the clock to collect brush and debris from residents. 

Public Works Director Todd Hoppenstedt spoke to the City Commission Tuesday night with an update on the city’s response to the storm’s damage. He said the Public Works Department had been “inundated with phone calls” by residents wanting to know when the city would be by to clean up debris. 

“We’ll get to everybody, you just have to be patient with us,” Hoppenstedt said. “It may, in theory, take us through July.”

Hoppenstedt said the city saw 14 roads that were either partially or fully blocked by downed trees on Wednesday not, not including the “countless trees on private property.”

On Friday night, Hoppenstedt said the city received reports of 11 trees blocking the roads.

Following Wednesday’s storms, he said the department had reopened all blocked roads by about 10 a.m. Thursday. The response to Friday night’s storms was even faster, as Hoppenstedt said the department had all blocked roads reopened by about 3 a.m. Saturday.  

“Much thanks to my staff,” Hoppenstedt said. “Police and fire were great support, but really, dispatch came through. I’ve not had the opportunity to work that closely with dispatch in my tenure here, [but] I couldn’t have done it without them.”

As the department continues to clean up storm debris from individual resident homes, Hoppenstedt said he thinks its best to stick to the predetermined chipper route schedules

“We send out five chipper crews and the grapple crew, so there are six crews that are focused routinely on picking up brush, and that doesn’t change.”

Hoppenstedt said starting Wednesday morning, the department would send out supplemental crews with equipment to pick up larger than average debris. 

“What I ask of the public is to please get that debris out to the curb,” Hoppenstedt said. “Don’t necessarily wait for the scheduled week.”

The best way to see how much debris needs to be picked up, he said, is for residents to bring it all to the curb. If the brush is kept out of sight, Hoppenstedt said it’s hard for the city to know what kind of resources are needed to take care of the brush. 

Residents are encouraged to check the city’s website for rules on stacking debris and brush for pickup.

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