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Tree removal service denied ability to assist Bridgeton storm victims

BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOV) – A local tree removal service has been denied the ability to assist tornado victims in the Bridgeton because the company failed to consult with the city.

Hansen’s Tree Service offered to help victims clean up debris free of charge, but after one day, the City of Bridgeton told the company it had to move because it did not have a permit.

We [were] allowing people to come in with their brush, logs, anything other than destruction…so that they can get back to a sense of normalcy in their home,” says Jesse noel of Hansen’s.

But Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers says that the location Hansen’s picked was not a good one because it would cause traffic in an already busy area. He also says the debris could get in storm sewers, blocking them and causing even more problems.

Bridgeton city leaders tell us they are making their own arrangements to grind up trees and debris. The grinders will be set up in different neighborhoods and will be free for residents to use.

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