Cleanup begins in Dodge City following ice storm

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DODGE CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Despite the big thaw on Tuesday, thousands of Kansans are still without power following a weekend ice storm. That includes many in Dodge City, where public schools and Sacred Heart School will be closed again Wednesday.

The focus in Dodge City shifted Tuesday to cleaning up tree limbs across the city. For homeowners like Glenn Fortmayer, it may be a day off from working in the school district. But it's a day to work on freeing his neighborhood of hazardous limbs.

"We're glad to see the crews out. There's a lot of trees messed up," Fortmayer said. "The whole city's pretty much lost every tree so much the roads were blocked. The school system couldn't run the buses to pick up kids."

The city has created a temporary dumpsite for tree limbs at the Dodge City Raceway Park. Anyone can dump tree limbs there at no charge.

City workers are also picking up limbs stacked by the curb. 

Homeowners and tree trimmers will continue to stay busy taking down tree limbs before they cause further damage to homes and cars.

"God blessed us with some work, but at the same time I'm not happy that it happened 'cause a lot of people are having to pay for it. And there's damage everywhere," said Allen Anderson, tree trimmer. 

The city is advising people to contact parks and recreation to confirm if a person or a company is a licensed tree trimmer. You can find a list on their website or call them at (620) 225-8160.

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