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City storm debris collection ends Saturday

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More than a month after the windstorm hit, Saturday was the last day for free storm debris disposal. More than a month after the windstorm hit, Saturday was the last day for free storm debris disposal.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Dwight Merkel Park was the place to be on Saturday if you had storm debris you still needed to get rid of. 

This was the last weekend that the city provided a free disposal site for people to be able to come get rid of their storm debris. 

Many people took advantage of the service and said they were grateful to have a place to take it.    

"Pine needles, sticks and branches," says Bob Nixon,  "We had a couple of thousand pounds of yard debris that we needed to get rid of."

Nixon was lucky.  During the windstorm he never lost power, but neighbors on both sides of his house lost trees.  "We're helping them with some of their yard waste," says Nixon.  

For the past three weekends volunteers have been at Rogers, then Ferris and now Dwight Merkel Park taking storm debris from whoever came to drop it off.

"It's pretty light here on this side of town," says Dave Perry with the Dept. of Corrections Community Justice Center.  He was out with a crew and had also been at the other collection events. "Not quite like last weekend up at Ferris where it was non-stop." 

Perry says the line of cars wanting to turn in their waste on the South Hill was seemingly endless.  "The South Hill was hit pretty heavily and it showed last weekend." 

For folks like Nixon they say it's been a blessing to have somewhere to take their debris.  "It's been a chore to get rid of it and we're glad not to have to come out of pocket for it.  We would've been towing this trailer all the way up to Chattaroy to get rid of it and it probably would've cost us a few hundred dollars." 

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