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Crews still cleaning up storm damage in Dubuque

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Days after severe storms rolled through parts of eastern Iowa, homeowners in Dubuque are still cleaning up the mess.

"A big branch came down, and covered the whole street," said Arlene Lee of Dubuque.

She resorted to calling for help.  

It has been nonstop for tree removal companies in the area since Wednesday. "Steady the entire day...I probably had 30-40 phone calls, and even into yesterday, I probably had 15 more," said Mark Arensdorf of ExTreem Stump Removal. 

Strong winds snapped large trees, some fell on houses and cars, others blocked roads.

Crews say it was one of the worst storms that has come through in a while.  "I was speaking with the city forester and me and him kind of agreed that this probably is the worst storm we had in the city of Dubuque as long as I been doing it for 15 years and he been doing it for 30 plus, 40 years," Arensdorf said.

At the Dubuque Metro Landfill, a large pile of tree debris got bigger and bigger. Since Wednesday, more than 200 tons of yard waste was collected because of the storm. 

The city of Dubuque is collecting the storm related tree and yard waste for free through July 21th. Just leave the damage on the curb or alley. Those who need volunteer help should call the Public Works Department at 563-589-4250.

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