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City forestry crews are scrambling to remove fallen tree debris from public streets, sidewalks, alleys and parks after a powerful windstorm ripped through the Missoula Valley on Monday night.

“There’s a significant amount of damage throughout the town,” said city forester Chris Boza. “It varies from area to area within the town. The phone calls started coming in around 7 p.m., and we worked until midnight on Monday and we’ve just been at it since about 7 a.m. (Tuesday).”

Boza said all the staff in the city’s parks, greenways and horticulture, urban forestry and conservation lands departments were pressed into duty.

“There were a number of complete uproots,” Boza said. “A few trees were large enough to pull down multiple sections of powerline.”

Boza said that one large spruce in Kiwanis park completely toppled over and took out a large powerline right next to an apartment building. There was police tape surrounding the entire area Tuesday morning. 

The city has developed a protocol for what residents can do about damaged trees and tree debris.

For boulevard trees located between sidewalk and curb, and any public tree located in city right-of-way:

• If tree debris is near utility lines, stay away and call NorthWestern Energy at 1-888-467-2669.

• If tree debris is blocking the sidewalk or street, and it can be safely moved to the boulevard, do so and report it by calling 523-6253 or visiting missoulaparks.org.

• If tree debris is blocking the street and cannot be moved, call 9-1-1.

• Report trees with hanging or hazardous limbs to Parks and Recreation at 523-6253.

• For property damage from city-owned trees, document the damage with photographs and report it by calling 552-6253.

• Drop off tree debris at one of these locations: McCormick Park parking lot, off Cregg Lane; Playfair Park baseball fields parking lot, Stephens Avenue Pattee Creek Drive; Fort Missoula South Avenue West parking lot.

• Eko-Compost, 1125 Clark Fork Lane, is accepting tree debris from the public at no charge. Call 721-1423.

• Imagine Missoula, a local volunteer organization, is available to assist elderly residents or those with limited mobility with tree debris removal. Call 546-4697 for more information.

• Parts of Franklin Park are closed due to tree hazards.

• Splash Montana is closed due to power outage. Call 542-9283 for more information.

Trees on private property:

• Debris from trees on private property is the responsibility of the homeowner.

• If tree debris is blocking the sidewalk or street, and it can be safely moved to the boulevard, do so. Removal is the responsibility of the property owner.

• If tree debris is blocking the street and cannot be moved, call 9-1-1.

• Eko-Compost, 1125 Clark Fork Lane, is accepting tree debris from the public at no charge. Call 721-1423.

• Imagine Missoula, a local volunteer organization, is available to assist elderly residents or those with limited mobility with tree debris removal. Call 546-4697 for more information.

• For a list of certified arborists to assist in private tree debris removal, visit missoulaparks.org.

• Additional volunteers are needed to assist property owners with private tree debris. Email parksrec@ci.missoula.mt.us to help.

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