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Crystal Lake to offer storm debris pickup

This June 29 photo offers a view looking east onto Oriole Trail from Donald and Susan Adams' flooded backyard on Pine Street in Crystal Lake. Residents living in the block immediately southeast of the Route 14 and West Crystal Lake Avenue intersection are frustrated with the city for not finding a solution for the flooding problem, which has cost them money and left them without access to their backyards for much of the summer. However, the city has been denied grant money to help fund a solution.
This June 29 photo offers a view looking east onto Oriole Trail from Donald and Susan Adams' flooded backyard on Pine Street in Crystal Lake. Residents living in the block immediately southeast of the Route 14 and West Crystal Lake Avenue intersection are frustrated with the city for not finding a solution for the flooding problem, which has cost them money and left them without access to their backyards for much of the summer. However, the city has been denied grant money to help fund a solution.

CRYSTAL LAKE — The Crystal Lake Public Works Department will begin storm-related pickups Thursday.

Residents must have their brush to the curb before 7 a.m. Thursday morning. The brush must be less than 6 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter.

"Due to the extent of the storm damage, we are requesting resident’s cooperation in limiting the brush and limbs to recent storm damage only," city officials said in a statement.

The Public Works Department is also providing additional brush drop off Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waste Water Treatment Facility, 445 Dartmoor Drive, Crystal Lake.

A free special collection focusing on areas hit particularly hard by flooding will take place Saturday morning. Residents are asked to have flood-damaged items on the curb before 7 a.m. Saturday. MDC Environmental Services will be collecting additional bulky items like drywall, furniture, carpet (must be cut to 4-foot length), mattresses and normal household trash for no cost during the week of July 31 along with normal collection.

MDC asks residents to try to centralize items on the curb in bundles or containers to speed up the collection. MDC will only make one trip through each neighborhood, so residents are encouraged to put items by the curb by 7 a.m. Saturday or their regular collection day.

Large appliances like refrigerators, electronics like computers and household hazardous wastes will not be collected in the special collection. Residents can contact MDC at 815-568-7274 or mdces.com to have these items collected for a fee.

Anyone with questions or concerns can call the City of Crystal Lake at 815-459-2020, extension 3687.

A McHenry County Respite Center has been established at the Nunda Township Highway Department, 3510 Bay Road.

"Residents will find smiling faces ready to listen, food/snacks/coffee/flood recovery information, supplies and cleanup kits," officials said in a statement.

Nunda Township will also have cleanup kits available. Call 815-459-4011 for more information.

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