FARMINGTON -- Almost six months after a massive windstorm caused millions of dollars of damage to the eastern part of Davis County, local work crews have finally finished hauling brush to complete the cleanup in this community.
Public Works Director Walt Hokanson said city work crews have spent almost 4 1/2 months picking up brush from the Dec. 1 windstorm. That effort culminated with a community cleanup at the end of April, sponsored by Comcast.
"We need to work on something else," Hokanson told city officials during a recent briefing. He said other projects have been put to the side during the cleanup effort.
As well as picking up brush and limbs, city crews have helped residents remove stumps, using the city's backhoe, and worked with businesses to pick up debris.
"We've hauled a lot of debris, swimming pools, insulation, trampolines. We found them everywhere," Hokanson said.
Despite the nonstop cleanup, Hokanson knows the workload would have been far worse for city crews if residents hadn't gotten involved to mitigate some of the fallout.
"If we didn't have residents chip in, we'd still be in the middle of it," he said.
The impact of the windstorm went beyond brush and debris. Hokanson said the storm blew the city's garbage and recycling containers everywhere. Now city officials will begin to inventory the potential loss of missing containers. He guesses at least half of the community may have the wrong containers.
Because the containers are numbered, Hokanson said, officials know where each container belongs, but the sorting process may take some time.