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Tornado damage report in Oklahoma City for May 25

Post Date:05/26/2019 6:08 PM

Oklahoma City avoided major damage in Saturday’s tornado and thunderstorm, but the storm caused minor damage to two homes and one business, according to an initial damage assessment Sunday by the Office of Emergency Management.

Twelve other single-family homes and one business were also affected by the storm, according to the assessment. Assessment teams look at structural damage using standardized criteria and rate the damage on a rising scale: affected, minor, major and destroyed.

The damage assessment team found 68 areas with extensive tree damage and storm debris.

Residential debris collection

Residents with storm-related debris should put it on their curb for pickup.

Cut tree limbs into sections 10-feet-long or smaller, and stack them on the curb. Stack storm debris separately from regular bulky waste and away from mailboxes, poles, gas lines, water meters, trees and other obstructions.

City officials are still assessing the damage boundaries based upon the storm track. Once a full storm assessment is complete, officials will announce a designated storm area and let residents know whether the debris will be picked up on customers’ regular bulky waste pickup date or as part of a special storm debris collection.

Storm collection may be delayed depending upon the amount of debris to be collected and the potential need to hire additional resources. 

Residents in the official designated storm area who set storm debris items out for collection will not incur any additional charges on their regular utility bill.

Normal bulk waste disposal rules apply for other bulk waste in the affected area, including set-out date and volume limits. Mixing storm-related tree debris with other bulk waste on the curb could result in additional volume costs or early set-out violations.

Commercial properties – including businesses, churches, schools, nonprofits and other organizations – are not eligible for curbside pickup by the City and are responsible for their own debris collection.

Learn more about regular bulk waste collection at okc.gov/water.

Call Utilities Customer Service at (405) 297-2833 for questions and details. 

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Media Contacts
Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550 / (405) 863-2831
kristy.yager@okc.gov

Jennifer McClintock (Utilities)
(405) 297-3363 / (405) 464-9288
jennifer.mcclintock@okc.gov

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