Des Moines' derecho debris mulching to take weeks

(Des Moines, IA) -- Des Moines city crews have started churning through the tons of derecho debris, collected this summer. Crews finished a single-pass curbside debris collection September 17th. They picked up 9,000 loads in the weeks after the August 10th storm.

“We had crews putting in 12-hour days for weeks at a time to clean up our city,” Public Works Director Jonathan Gano said. “It’s nice to put an end to this months-long effort to clean up after one of the most terrific thunderstorms that’s on record in the United States.”

Gano says the mulching process is expected to take three weeks and will cost several hundred thousand dollars. That cost is being picked up by the state.

If Des Moines residents still have storm debris to dispose of, there is one final free SCRUB event scheduled for Saturday, November 21 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Yard waste should be delivered to the MWA Compost Center at 1601 Harriett Street. For more information, visit

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