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Hastings Star Gazette
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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

The City of Hastings just sent out an updated press release regarding brush/tree removal policies. In addition, Waste Management's yard waste site has expanded its hours. Here is the city's press release:

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With overall impact not yet fully known, the magnitude of this storm is certain to leave a long lasting impression on our community. While the structural loss may be less than the straight line storms of 1996, the sheer geographic size of this storm and the resulting tree loss is unprecedented in Hastings. City officials continue to prioritize response and crews will begin large scale debris clean up today.

Storm Debris Clean Up--City crews will begin to haul larger tree and storm debris items from collector roads. Residents are asked to be respectful and observe the following:

• Bring storm-related brush/tree debris to the boulevard. City crews will not remove debris from private property.

• Larger debris will be removed beginning today. Smaller piles and brush will be left behind for pick up at a later date.

• Please put only storm-related tree/brush debris on the boulevard for pick up. The City will not pick up garbage or non-tree/brush.

• If possible, please cut limbs to 8 foot or less in length.

• Homeowners are encouraged to haul away any storm-related yard debris to the Waste Management yard waste site. This will assist with the overall clean up of the City and allow City crews to focus on removing the most significant sized items.

• Waste Management's yard waste site (2800 Millard Ave) has expanded its extended hours to accept any size tree trunks, branches, wood chips, etc.:

• Tuesday 12-5 p.m.

• Wednesday 12-7,

• Thursday and Friday 12-5 and

• Saturday 8-2

• Monday/Tuesday 12-5

• Wednesday 12-7

• Thursday and Friday 12-5

• Saturday 8-2

• High Water Levels are Highly Dangerous--Take care of yourself and especially children and stay away from the Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers. Saturated banks and fast flowing water can be a dangerous combination. It's best to stay safe and keep your distance.

• Don't Forget Food Safety--Minnesota health officials encourage Minnesotans without power to follow food safety advice. Refrigerators and freezers may contain contaminated foods due to power outages. Power outages from recent storms may cause foods to become spoiled and cause illness if eaten, according to officials from the Minnesota Department of Health. To prevent illness, officials encourage Minnesotans without power to follow basic food safety advice.

• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to

• Refrigerators will keep food cold for about four hours when left unopened.

• A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.

• If the food stored in the refrigerator has been held above 41 degrees F for more than four hours, throw it away.

• If food stored in the freezer has thawed but is still below 41 F, it can be refrozen. Although the quality of the food may be compromised, it should remain safe to eat.

More information can be found at the Department of Health's website: http://www.health.state.mn.us/foodsafety/emergency/index.html

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