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Storm Debris Update – Thursday, August 20

Storm Debris Update – Thursday, August 20Aug 20, 2020

Thursday, August 20th Update

Weather permitting, Altoona Fire Department will begin burning the storm debris pile on Monday morning, August 24th.

Given the amount of debris that has been collected, and continues to be collected, this fire will no doubt be burning and smoldering for several days.  This is the most efficient way to dispose of the massive amount of debris caused by last week’s storm.

A secondary brush drop area will be created between the burn pile and the Aquatic Center.  Gates will remain open to the brush pile throughout the end of this weekend. Starting Monday, August 24th,  the gates will only be open for residential drop-offs between the hours of 7:30 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday.

Please remember, that we are only accepting branched vegetative debris caused by the high winds….no landscape materials, leaves, mulch, wood chips, or any other type of debris will be accepted.  There will be no staff available to help unload.

The brush drop-off is for residents of Altoona only…absolutely no contractors.

Please stay away from the fire!

The City brush drop-off, located just west of the Altoona Aquatics Park at 1200 Venbury Drive, will be left open around the clock for residents to drop-off branches and logs. No commercial vehicles will be allowed.


If you are unable to take your branches to the brush drop-off, you can cut them up into 6-8 foot pieces, no more than 12 inches in diameter, and place them on your curb. City crews will be begin picking up any leftover branches and logs next Monday, August 17th. Please have debris piled in an orderly fashion on the curb by 6 AM Monday with the cut portion of branches facing the street. Please be patient as crews begin the lengthy process of cleaning up the town. Please avoid placing the debris over fire hydrants, water stop boxes or near signs, the crews may be using large equipment to pick up the piles and this may damage these items.

City crews request that all residents park off the street until the brush on your street has been picked up by the city.