Cleanup from the early October blizzard has turned into a real grind.
It's turned into a grab, a lift, a haul and a dump as well.
The storm left 150,000 cubic yards of tree trunks, limbs and other debris piled all over town. Local residents, state and city crews and contractors still work to clean it up.
34:48-35:02: "A lot of those branches are being delivered by the residents to the drop-off site," Terry Wolterstorff, public works director said. "But we also started this week the curbside cleanup, with Ceres Environmental. And we believe that they will pick up probably around 60,000 to 90,000 cubic yards at the curbside."
Homeowners must handle yard waste on their side of the sidewalk. Debris piled at the curb will be picked up by the Florida-based contractor, if crews can get at it.
"That's usually our biggest obstacle right now," Robert Parmer, project superintendent for Ceres said. "Being on top of things, around mailboxes, underneath trees, it makes it really hard for us to get to it."
The contractor is also cutting limbs and branches near streets and sidewalks that pose threats to cars and pedestrians.
The branches and trees are then hauled to the chipping sites, where they are ground into mountains of chips to be used by the local cement plant for mining reclamation.
All told, the recovery cost could top $3 million, much of it likely eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding.
"We hope and we really expect that that will be FEMA eligible, because it's going to be quite a crunch on our resources," Wolterstorff said.
And that's a grind of a different kind.