Cities set up storm debris drop off sites as power outages persist for thousands in northeast Johnson County

Jay Senter - July 24, 2017 7:46 am
A fallen tree limb landed on power and utility lines on the back of this Prairie Village home. Photo courtesy reader Melissa Dailey.
A fallen tree limb landed on power and utility lines on the back of this Prairie Village home. Photo courtesy reader Melissa Dailey.

One thing was certain when northeast Johnson County awoke yesterday: Sunday would be no day of rest.

The vicious storms that pummeled the area Saturday night left tens of thousands without power as the heat and humidity rose Sunday morning. About 600 KCP&L operations crews worked around the clock to reconnect neighborhoods, and had reduced the number of powerless homes from nearly 140,000 across the metro area in the morning to around 40,000 Sunday night. KCP&L distributed dry ice at the Roeland Park Lowe’s location on Sunday in an effort to help those without power preserve food in their refrigerators and freezers.

Still, thousands of northeast Johnson County residents awoke Monday without electricity for the second day in a row. The neighborhoods east of I-35 and north of I-435 remain some of the hardest hit a day and a half after the storm.

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But homeowners who only had to suffer through a muggy Sunday without electricity might consider themselves lucky. Dozens and dozens of others suffered serious damage to homes and cars from from falling trees and limbs. Johnson County Emergency Management reported that between 9:30 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, it sent crews out to respond to 356 call, 17 of them related to structure fires. A home near 91st Street and Roe Avenue suffered major damage after falling limbs severed a gas line that firefighters believe burst into flames. (The family was out of town for the weekend and no one was injured in the incident).

Near 82nd Street and Lamar Avenue, an oak tree cracked at the root line, flattening two cars in a homeowner’s driveway:

Photo courtesy reader Mark Read.
Photo courtesy reader Mark Read.

And just west of the Village Shops in Prairie Village, a tree split near the base of its trunk, with a massive limb coming down on the roof:

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Thousands of people who were spared major property damage still found a mess of fallen limbs and branches on their yards, prompting a number of northeast Johnson County cities to set up special storm debris drop off sites:

  • Fairway: Fairway is going to have a special curbside collection starting next Monday, July 31, for storm debris. Branches must be cut to 8 feet in length or shorter and placed by the curb. “While it is our intent to complete the limb clean up as soon as possible it is expected to take several weeks.  Staff will still need to complete the weekly mowing workload and other daily operations,” reads a message from city hall.
  • Lenexa: Lenexa residents may drop off storm debris at the Lenexa Municipal Services Center, 7700 Cottonwood St, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, July 28. Proof of Lenexa residency is required.
  • Merriam: Merriam will be conducting a curbside tree limb pickup starting Tuesday. The city will announce its neighborhood route and pickup days this morning.
  • Mission: Mission residents can leave limbs at Mohawk Park, 67th Street and Lamar Avenue. No construction debris or other material is allows and no commercial vehicles can drop off debris. Mission residents only.
  • Overland Park: Overland Park residents can drop off storm debris at Young’s Pool, 8421 W 77th Street, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday, July 30. Proof of Overland Park residency is required and debris from commercial vehicles is not accepted.
  • Prairie Village: PV put out this announcement about tree limb pick up Monday morning: Beginning today, July 24, Republic Services will pick up smaller fallen limbs on resident’s regularly scheduled trash day. Residents should tie limbs into bundles no more than four feet in length, less than 18 inches in circumference, and less than 50 pounds. Individual branches within the bundle cannot be more than 3 inches in diameter. Bundles should be placed at the curbside.Arbor Masters will collect larger limbs that exceed the size specified above beginning this Thursday, July 27. The limbs must be cut into sections not exceeding 10 feet in length. Limbs must be stacked in the front yard as close to the curb as possible, and away from street lights, utility boxes, fire hydrants, and clear of overhead power lines.
  • Roeland Park: Roeland Park posted the following notice about its tree pick up program this afternoon:The City of Roeland Park will begin a City wide tree debris pickup on Saturday, July 29th. This pickup is in response to the storm damage on 7/22 & 7/23 and will come at no extra cost to residents. The City’s tree contractor, Custom Tree Care, will have Two (2) crews with the capacity to chip limbs up to 12” in diameter. Larger diameter limbs will be picked up with a grappler truck. The contractor will begin their efforts on the West side of Roe Blvd and work their way East. The contractor will continue the work through Sunday, July 30th if needed. They will make one pass down each street and we ask all residents to take advantage of this assistance in the following way:
    • Residents are responsible for cutting and stacking limbs curbside including limbs from trees located in the (ROW trees).
    • Brush must be stacked neatly at curbside for pick-up (even if it came off of a tree within the public ROW.
    • It should be placed parallel to the curb so it does not block the sidewalk or stick out into the street.
    • Branches should be no longer than 8 feet in length. This will help our contractor crews from having to stop and cut branches, making our pickup process more efficient.
    • Our contractor will make note of addresses with debris larger than 12”. They will bring their grapple trucks to remove the larger material from the curb.
      Residents should contact City Hall with any questions or concerns about this pickup at 913-722-2600. We encourage our residents to make contact with their neighbors if you believe they may not know about this program.
  • Shawnee: Shawnee residents can drop off tree limbs and branches at the southwest corner of Johnson Drive and Renner Road from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday, July 29. The drop off location is for Shawnee residents only. UPDATED: Shawnee announced Monday afternoon it was adding at second location at Gum Springs Park on 67th Street west of Nieman Road.

We’ll update this post as additional info about limb drop off options comes in.

City crews worked to clear the streets of fallen limbs in northern Overland Park Sunday.
City crews worked to clear the streets of fallen limbs in northern Overland Park Sunday.
A tree limb down on a power line in a northern Leawood yard. Photo courtesy reader Steven Burnett.
A tree limb down on a power line in a northern Leawood yard. Photo courtesy reader Steven Burnett.
A massive oak split down the middle and fell on a Prairie Village home Saturday.
A massive oak split down the middle and fell on a Prairie Village home Saturday.
Reader submitted photo of split tree near 67th Street and Switzer.
Reader submitted photo of split tree near 67th Street and Switzer.

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