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Cleanup crews remove more than 1 million pounds of debris following storms

Published on May 14, 2024

City crews have removed 1.4 million pounds of debris as cleanup efforts continue following last week’s storms. Public Works Director Chris McNeese projected crews will gather about the same amount of debris with personnel and equipment devoted exclusively to cleanup on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18.

Maple Hill Cemetery, which experienced several downed trees, reopened Tuesday. The City expects the majority of the debris on the ground to be removed by early next week and crews will proceed with the removal of damaged trees as needed over the coming weeks. Assessment of damage to markers continues and the cemetery will contact families of loved ones whose markers were affected by the storm.

uprooted tree in cemetery alongside roadway with several green trees in background
Storms knocked several trees to the ground at Maple Hill Cemetery.

Families visiting Maple Hill are asked to use extreme caution and avoid areas where workers are present.

“It’s much better for people who are not there for a specific purpose to avoid the cemetery while debris cleanup and removal continues,” City Administrator John Hamilton said. “In the next 48 hours, cleanup crews will be making a significant amount of progress.”

The National Weather Service forecast office in Huntsville determined three tornadoes affected the City. Areas impacted by the tornadoes include the Five Points, Blossomwood and Old Town neighborhoods near downtown, Maple Hill Cemetery, Monte Sano community and Hampton Cove area. Downed trees and damage were also reported in the areas of Oakwood Avenue and Pulaski Pike in North Huntsville.

“Crews have done an outstanding job in removing debris and clearing roadways and we ask for everyone’s patience because they still have a lot of work to do,” McNeese said. “Their dedication has been greatly appreciated as they help residents recover from the storms.”