Elmira Tornado Totals
Clean up is almost over after a tornado ripped through Elmira more than two weeks ago, and now city leaders can see exactly what was lost.
August 13, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Clean up is almost over after a tornado ripped through Elmira more than two weeks ago, and now city leaders can see exactly what was lost. The estimated numbers are in for the city of Elmira, and there was more than $250,000 worth of storm damage, and although it may sound like a lot there is some good news. The city can foot the bill with out borrowing any money and that makes city leaders very happy.
Elmira city manager John Burin announced the estimated cost of all the work which includes repairs for city buildings, overtime and equipment costs. Elmira mayor Sue Skidmore says the city may get some help from the insurance companies.
“So we're looking at $250,000 to $350,000 and none of those costs have been submitted to insurance yet, so I think we have that money and we don't have to go out and bond and borrow for it.”
The City landscape is on its way back too. More than 40 trees that will be planted in the city thanks to a donation from the NASCAR “Green Clean Air Program”. The debris picked up over the past few weeks has been chopped up into wood chips. Those wood chips could be used to line the Lackawana trail, or go out for sale to help cover the costs of the clean up. Andy Avery the DPW Director says clean up should finish up by next week, but that might change if crews continue to do extra work.
“The problem that we are encountering is that more debris keeps coming out and its not even storm debris. It may have been stuff that's been gathered in back yards or hedge trimmings and we're just asking residents to please not put anything more out on the curb unless its storm related.”
Elmira's compost yard will be closed until further notice. Storm debris has built up and the yard is too dangerous for the public.