MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ten days since a tornado struck north Minneapolis, volunteers and city crews have been working non-stop to help residents clean up from the mess left behind by the storm.

Minneapolis’s public works crews started removing tree debris from city streets on the north side on May 25. Since that effort started, more than 4,000 truckloads of debris have been removed from the area.

Debris removal efforts will continue through June 10. After that date, home owners should continue to use the city’s yard waste services to get rid of storm debris.

Urban Homeworks, which has worked with the city of Minneapolis throughout the clean-up process, estimated that 3,000 volunteers have helped with cleaning up debris from more than 3,500 homes in the area affected by the tornado. The city of Minneapolis reached its goal of 2,000 volunteers on Wednesday for the official clean-up day, which is Saturday.

The American Red Cross, which has also assisted in relief efforts, has serviced more than 600 overnight stays at the Northeast Armory and North Commons Community Center. The Red Cross has estimated that more than 300 disaster responders in the area have handed out more than 60,000 snacks and meals.

Gary Klason, with the United Methodist Disaster response team, said people are grateful for the help.

“Very positive, I mean people come by and thank us, and that’s amazing because they have been through a lot,” he said.

The American Red Cross is also helping out, going door to door to make sure that basic needs are met.

“We’ve been given a list, but we are also checking on others who may need our help also,” one worker said.

Saturday, 2,000 will help with debris cleanup. The group is meeting at Brookdale, at Macy’s parking lot. They are working in two shifts and will register first before heading out to begin the work.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

For more information provided by the city of Minneapolis on the tornado relief efforts, click here.

For our tornado resources page, click here.

Comments (9)
  1. milk says:

    LOL. Highly unlikely. That’s why the title reads “debris,” and not “garbage.”

  2. Flava says:

    Ha yeah. Plus, 10 tons would only take care of about 18 baby’s mamas

  3. IwonderIf says:

    Ahh its refreshing to see that ignorance is still live and well.. Bravo

    1. Chris says:

      Ahh its refreshing to see the Woodbury residents are chiming in. It’s not ignorance, sweetheart. I was there. Still am. And what they’re saying is true…except the ape comment. Plenty of “polar bear” flunkies up here too…

      1. IwonderIf says:

        The comment I was referring to was deleted by the moderators but nice try!

        1. Chris says:

          Yeah that was a little bit out there.

  4. Jeff says:

    Since the mere mention of North Minneapolis invokes race and welfare, I want all of you to take this survey that I created on the State of Welfare in Minnesota.


    It is not SPAM and it will not direct you to a site that asks for personal information.

    I will send the results to GOV. Dayton.

  5. Angus says:

    Isn’t it amazing! Long paragraph about the Red Cross not a single mention of The Salvation Army who has been assisting with emergency supplies, temporary housing, meals, and this has been going on since the tornado.

    Unfortunately the crack reporters have either missed that part of the story or totally ignored the work The Salvation Army does, and The Army does not recruit for their religion. Don’t even bother to call WCCO radio or tv and give them tips on news items. If it doesn’t fit their profile apparently they just ignore the story. Makes you question their bias.

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