JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – Like many in Jefferson County, Ryan Witt heard the trees around him in Arvada breaking overnight from the heavy snow on Friday.
“All night we heard stuff falling,” he said.
He didn’t realize how serious the situation was until his wife saw their front yard, where a huge tree had spat out and fallen into the street.
“She was like, Oh, that’s a big one,” Ryan said.
Just down the street, his neighbor dropped a branch on his truck.
“I’m not too worried about the camper roof. It doesn’t look like it broke the windshield or anything,” the neighbor said.
Now for them, and for many in the Denver metro area, the cleanup begins. If you live in Denver, getting rid of fallen branches is easy.
“Put branches no larger than 4 inches in diameter with a regular garbage can. Put it in 4-foot bundles, no more than 50 pounds, and DOTI will pick it up,” said Denver City Forester Mike Swanson.
For larger branches, he adds, “If you have a truck, you can take it to the Cherry Creek Transfer Station in Quebec and East Cherry Creek Drive South.
In Jefferson County, the county will soon be opening SLASH collection centers where you can drop off branches. The first will be at Beaver Ranch Park on June 2n/a-5and.
The city of Arvada posted on its website that it is also trying to open locations to drop off branches, but is currently focused on safely cleaning up the mess left by mother nature.
If you don’t have the resources to cut and drop branches at designated sites, you can also hire someone to do all the work for you.
“Call a licensed and insured professional tree company and they will chip it, they will be safe and trim the damage or your tree will remove the tree if it needs to be removed,” said Mike Swanson.
To find a complete list of SLASH collection sites, visit the Jefferson County website: https://www.jeffco.us/2493/Slash-Collection