MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — City officials in Minneapolis are expecting about 2,000 volunteers to turn out Saturday for a massive cleanup of neighborhoods hit by a tornado last month.

Volunteers will pick up small debris from trees and put it in the boulevard between the sidewalk and the street, where city crews will pick it up. Volunteers won’t be using chain saws or other cutting equipment.

Volunteers will also move construction debris into the alley where it will be picked up by city trucks.

The first of two shifts of volunteers are meeting at 8 a.m. at Brookdale Mall for check-in and orientation. Metro Transit buses will drive them to their assigned areas.

Mayor R.T. Rybak, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will be on hand to thank volunteers.

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Comments (4)
  1. FirstShift says:

    I volunteered for the first shift (4 hours). The residents offered us water, the cars were honking their appreciation and the children were cheering us on. Such an amazing experience. Thank you to the Red Cross and to the City of Minneapolis for organizing this clean-up effort. I pray that the victims of this violent tornado will continue to be supported over the summer.

    1. Craig says:

      Is that all the residents are going to do is offer water or are the locals going to help in the clean up. I bet most sit there and watch others do the work.

  2. Linda Vincent Johnson says:

    I waited all day for volunteers to come to help at my house and was very sad because they did not come. They went to houses on either side of me but did not help me. Two trucks said they would come back but never came. i have a lot of debris. Some volunteers came by and said they wanted to help but didn’t have a truck.

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