Five ways to help Virginia Beach crews clean tornado debris

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Tornado debris sits on a front yard in the Salem Lakes neighborhood in Virginia Beach Saturday. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)
Tornado debris sits on a front yard in the Salem Lakes neighborhood in Virginia Beach Saturday. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Tree limbs, grass patches and fencing still litter city streets and sidewalks three days after a tornado ravaged Virginia Beach’s neighborhoods and fields.

As city staff and volunteer crews continue to clean debris, here’s five ways residents can pitch in, according to a city news release.

  • Cut fallen tree branches into four-foot lengths as waste management makes its way to impacted neighborhoods.
  • Place leaves and pine straws in clear garbage bags.
  • Separate vegetative debris from household debris.
  • Don’t block storm drains when placing debris on curbs, obstruct fire hydrants, mailboxes or utility boxes, and don’t place debris under power lines.
  • Don’t place household hazardous waste, like paint, tires or fertilizers on curbs.

Waste management will operate during its normal schedule, Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., according to the news release.

Virginia Beach residents can also drop certain debris off at the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center at 1989 Jake Sears Road. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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