City of Cambridge addresses storm clean up efforts

City of Cambridge residents that have downed trees should place the trees curbside or in one of the East Central Sanitation roll off dumpsters that are being placed throughout town. 

City staff will be removing debris from boulevards within the next few days. Do not put garbage or household debris in the roll-offs. That should be handled separately from the trees. Please be patient as the city tries its best to clean up the debris. It is estimated that hundreds of trees were lost in the storm and the clean-up may take at least two weeks to complete everything.

The city will haul away tree trunks no bigger than 10 inches in diameter. The city can eventually take logs and stumps separately, but this will be after most of the brush clean-up is done.

If there is a problem in your neighborhood that you don’t feel someone is addressing, call Cambridge City Hall at 763-689-3211 and the city will keep a running list of issues that need to be addressed.

East Central Energy

East Central Energy crews began working at about 7 p.m. Friday, July 1 and have been on the job through the weekend. As of Tuesday, July 5, about 1,700 members remain without electricity.

High winds from the storm July 1 left nearly 30 percent of ECE members without power Friday night. The storm decimated large portions of ECE’s system and was widespread. Broken and toppled trees took down hundreds of power lines and shattered over 100 poles across the system. Extensive damage occurred in the City of Cambridge, and in areas around Isanti, Pine, and Chisago counties in Minnesota and Burnett and Douglas counties in Wisconsin.

ECE Crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to get electricity to those locations. All available ECE line workers have been working through the course of the outage. Employees from nine other electric cooperatives, three construction contractors and six tree contractors have been assisting ECE crews. Photos by Rachel Kytonen