Damaged tree limb removal and cleanup after spring snow storm is underway

The spring snow storm that blasted through Colorado snapped a countless number of tree limbs in the region, cleanup and disposal efforts were underway Saturday under partly sunny skies.

In Golden, city crews began working Saturday on removing damaged limbs from city streets, trails and parks. For residents and private property owners, Golden has opened a tree limb collection site off of Golden Gate Canyon Road just west of Newstar Way. The disposal site will be open for two weeks.

In Denver, property owners are responsible for downed trees and branches on their private property and within the adjacent public right-of-way, according to city officials.

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure collects a “limited number of branches” as part of its trash collection service for residents, the city said on its website.

  • Branches must be no larger than 4 inches in diameter, and they must be cut into lengths of 4 feet or less, bundled and tied, and weigh no more than 50 pounds.
  • Customers may set out up to 10 bundles of branches on their large item pickup day.
  • Denver residents can also drop off branches at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off center located near East Cherry Creek Drive South and South Quebec Street.

Denver officials urge residents — do not relocate branches to parkways or other public areas.

When removing or freeing damaged limbs from trees, people should be aware of, and avoid, overhead powerlines. Residents should not climb trees to remove limbs and contractors with tree trimming and removal services are a safe option.

“If emergency removal of a fallen tree or tree branch is needed to clear a street, call 311 to report the specific address,” according to a Denver release. “The city will evaluate and prioritize the removal of the obstruction, and when necessary, the city will remove the encumbrance, and the cost of the work will be billed to the responsible property owner.”

Elsewhere, residents should check with their local governments for information on limb removal and disposal.


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