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Volunteers Clean up Storm Debris as High Winds Resume

Residents and City Council staff join hands with Street Services crews to pick up branches torn off trees during Wednesday’s storm.

About 80 people, including 15 staff members from the CD 14 office of , volunteered Saturday to clean up debris from Wednesday’s windstorm in Eagle Rock and Glassell Park.

Accompanied by 10 crew members from the Bureau of Street Services, the volunteers used three of the bureau’s pickup trucks to cart palm fronds and branches torn off trees, Huizar’s Director of Communications Rick Coca told Eagle Rock Patch.

Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council member Chris Smith volunteered one of his own trucks for the clean-up operation, which kicked off from at 9 a.m.

The volunteers, who filled a large dumpster installed especially for the windstorm debris outside City Hall, will be out again Sunday morning, starting at 9 a.m. at Eagle Rock City Hall. Anyone is welcome to join them.

Meanwhile, as the National Weather Service re-issued a red-flag high wind advisory across Los Angeles, the LADWP reported that as of 3 p.m. Saturday, 7,000 of its customers still faced power outages.

Eagle Rock, with 1,700 customers, and Los Feliz with 1,400, had the highest numbers of customers affected, according to an LADWP communiqué sent out to the media.

The LADWP urged its customers to check its news website (www.ladwpnews.com) and the department's Twitter page, @LADWP, for regular updates. 

Mark Charles December 04, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Nice work neighbors! Good to see local peeps taking pride, and lending a hand. Sadly, I was called an "a__ hole" by my neighbor for clearing part of Eagle Vista at the "ungodly hour" of 10pm. At least two way traffic can resume flowing safely.
Bob Arranaga December 05, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Saw our CD14 Staff out in the streets with their work gloves, shovels, rakes and more, come by with volunteers to help clean up the mess left by the winds. Kai was driving the pick-up truck near my house yesterday with two helpers and they jumped out and went to work. Kudos to the all of them and the CD14 Staff. When you roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, then you are invested into the community. Great to see this effort and THANK YOU!

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