Ice Storm Ends in the Basin, Clean Up Continues

Ice Storm Ends in the Basin, Clean Up Continues

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The ice storm might be over but the clean up process has just begun.

"I've been getting calls from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. I got a work for sale sign outside my house. I can't cut it and haul it fast enough," Dennis Clements, a local who is cleaning up trees, said.

Clean up crews and city workers have been working non-stop picking up debris and tree limbs from around town.

"The last ice storm we had, it probably wasn't even a quarter of what we're seeing now, so yeah, it's pretty bad," John Maldonado, another local who is cleaning up trees, said.

The city of Midland said right now it's a team effort in hopes to get the streets and alleys back to normal.

"Our Transportation Department, our Parks Department, our Code Enforcement Division. Those guys have been busy probably since early Saturday morning some probably even late Friday," Morris Williams, Director of Solid Waste in Midland, said.

As a reminder it is illegal to dump tree limbs and debris into alleys. The clean up process is expected to take a few weeks.  

"We've got a lot of trees down all over town so it's major clean up effort," Williams said. 

After clean up, the mulching process will begin, but until then the work continues.

"It's a non stop deal until it's all gone," Maldonado said.