Kemah issues deadline for tree cleanup
Kemah residents have until this Friday to report trees for removal that were killed by Hurricane Ike's storm surge.
Residents are encouraged to call the city at 281-334-1611 to report trees that were killed by Hurricane Ike, City Administrator Bill Kerber said. They must provide an address, telephone number and exact location of the tree.
For a tree to be removed from private property, the owner must sign a release, Kerber said. The city has alerted residents of Friday's deadline using its Connect-CTY service, he said.
"We're giving everybody an opportunity here," Kerber said.
The city and Federal Emergency Management Agency have already identified approximately eight dead trees on public right-of-ways that will be removed, Kerber said. Approximately seven trees have been identified for possible removal on private property, he said.
Crowder Gulf, the city's hurricane debris contractor, will start removing the trees next week, Kerber said. Residents will not pay for any trees that are reported and removed, he said.
The city's cost of having the trees removed will be reimbursed by FEMA, Kerber said. It should take just two days to remove the trees that have so far been identified for removal, he said.
"It's not a big program," Kerber said.
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