Cleanup efforts have been undertaken this week to clear southern Utah cities of debris caused by a massive weekend storm. Cedar City was especially impacted by the powerful weather, which knocked out power for over 6,000 people in the city and broke off many tree branches with the weight of the fallen snow.
Mayor of Cedar City Maile Wilson said the community has been in constant cleanup mode since the storm.
“It’s a huge mess and disaster," said Wilson. "The city alone it would take weeks probably even months to get through each and every street."
Wilson said the city has received nonstop assistance from members of the community, who have banded together in an the effort to clear the area of debris. Despite the community-wide cleanup efforts, Wilson said there is still much work to be done.
“Sometimes it’s just having the bodies to help those that do have the equipment," said Wilson. "If a large trailer does pull up, there’s still just going to need to be bodies to help load all the tree limbs. Just having people willing to come out and help move the branches off the streets to the trailers is just as much of a necessity, if not more.”
The city is encouraging continued neighborhood participation in cleanup efforts, offering access to the Cedar City Pit for discarding debris free of charge. For more information, visit the Cedar City Website.