City Crews Continue Post-Storm Repair and Clean-up

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This week, Salem Public Works is continuing the extensive work in neighborhoods to help clear away storm damage left behind from the February 11-12 ice storm.

Eight to 10 contractor tree crews per day are working on clean-up. While some are being shared with the Parks clean-up effort, others are at work focusing on trees with hazardous hanging limbs in local neighborhoods, including those bordered by:

  • Union Street NE, Capitol Street NE, Madison Street NE and the Willamette River
  • Madison Street NE, Fairgrounds Avenue NE, Pine Street/Salem Parkway, and the Willamette River
  • Neighborhoods south of Kuebler Blvd. SE

Crews have been through most neighborhoods, with only a few remaining.

Work is also going to begin this week on repairing damaged sidewalks, curbs, and corner ADA ramps damaged by uprooted trees. About 10 locations will be addressed by the Streets Maintenance Group.

The City closed its temporary debris drop sites March 14. Storm debris may still be cut into small pieces and placed in yard debris bins. The Salem-Keizer Recycling and Transfer Station, 3250 Deer Park Drive SE, is still accepting debris, but has resumed charging a fee for this service.

We opened up a new site today to obtain free wood chips from the City's winter storm clean-up. The location is the southwest corner of the intersection of 17th Street and Silverton Road NE by the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Just like the Bush's Pasture Park Site, this site is self-service with the same stipulations.  We will be restocking both sites as they are depleted.

Residents should not place their private tree debris curbside at the street expecting the City to pick it up. 

Residents can also take their tree debris to the Marion County Transfer Station on Deer Park Road SE or place it in their yard debris carts for weekly pick-up.

March 5 Update: 

The site is self-service. Plan to bring and use your own vehicles and trailers, containers and shovels.

Please be sure to secure, cover or tarp your loads to prevent chips from blowing away and scattering through the community.

Chips are not for commercial resale.

This site is not for disposal of wood debris, so please don't drop off any materials.


March 4 Update:

Almost three weeks after the historic ice storms that paralyzed our community, we're still working together and making progress on recovery. It's clear that there's still more work to be done, both by the City of Salem and its residents, so the City is keeping its debris collection site at Geer Park open through March 14.

We continue to appreciate the neighborly help that's been taking place throughout the community, as well as the volunteer organizations who have stepped up to provide a wide range of aid to people struggling in the wake of the storm.

While the number of loads coming into our community debris collection sites is decreasing, we are still receiving a high enough volume to justify keeping Geer Park's drop site open through Sunday, March 14. This will also help accommodate residents who have been waiting for insurance adjusters to finish their work before beginning clean-up.

All three remaining drop sites – Geer Park, Woodmansee Park and Wallace Marine Park – will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, March 7. Beginning Monday, March 8, through Sunday, March 14, Geer Park will remain open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The shorter schedule aligns with the busiest drop times, while leaving time for people to drop loads after the workday ends.

As of March 3, the City drop sites have collected nearly 17,000 loads of debris.

City work crews have made steady progress at clean-up. Work has progressed into the neighborhoods in street clearance and we are close to shifting some resources into cleaning up the parks.

Street and Street Tree Debris Clean-up

This week City and contractor tree crews are focusing on the following areas:

  • Highland and outer north Salem neighborhoods
  • Neighborhoods north and west of Portland Road NE
  • Neighborhoods east of Downtown
  • Finishing work in West Salem and along Kuebler Boulevard SE
  • High Priority locations or high height hanging limbs and branches

Parks and Natural Areas

Parks Operations staff are finishing their work documenting all the downed trees, limbs and debris in park properties in preparation for major clean-up beginning late this week. Stormwater crews are removing trees and debris from streams, creeks and stormwater facilities, as more rain looms in the forecast through the weekend.

Stormwater crews are also helping Pumps and Controls staff clean up pump station and reservoir properties.

Contact us

Public Works Department
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301