City of Ann Arbor launches storm cleanup dashboard amid slow branch collection

City collecting tree debris from late February ice storm

Stack of dry branches (Adobe Stock)

ANN ARBOR – The City of Ann Arbor has launched a dashboard to share real-time branch collection data with residents.

In late February, a severe ice storm caused extensive damage in the Ann Arbor area and across Southeast Michigan. Soon after, the city announced it would collect all tree debris from residential curbsides in a one-time sweep starting March 6.

One month later, large piles of branches remain on curbs throughout the city.

According to the new dashboard the city has completed nearly one-third of debris collection, with nine out of 30 areas completed.

On the map, residents are able to see the areas that have been completed, are currently active, are scheduled for pickup next and which areas will be covered in the future.

“The City of Ann Arbor continues its storm related branch collection, which may take through April to complete,” reads a statement on the site. “There will be only one storm-related sweep through the city. Once storm related bundles of small and large branches are collected, crews will not be returning to the location to perform this service.”

To speed up collection efforts, the city launched its annual compost collection season one week early. In a city release in late March, officials said contractor Davey Tree Expert Company will continue to work on collecting tree debris alongside city crews.

To see the storm response dashboard, click here.

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.