'Neighbor helping neighbor': Derby residents in cleanup mode

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DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Scott Richards is looking for a place to put all the downed tree branches.  

"Just kind of going around neighborhoods and seeing how much I can pick up. Obviously I can't do everything, but I'm doing as much as I can the best I can."

The neighbor he's helping was pleasantly surprised at the generosity.

"He came out and said wow you're my super hero and I said no not really."

There's been some confusion around Derby after Saturday night's powerful straight line winds left damage and debris in half the city.

"People are piling their debris up on the curb line. The city is not picking that debris up. The city is focused on the streets themselves, curb to curb, making sure that the traffic passage is what we need to have happening," says Robert Mendoza, Public Works Director.

The Chip Site at High Park is a place you can drop off tree limbs up to 10 inches in diameter. It's open Monday through Friday 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

"If you have a small amount of debris, let's say you're the house that was barely hit, you can bundle that up right at your curb, contact waste connections, that information is on our website, and they'll come and get it," says Mendoza.

If those options don't work, there are many people ready and willing to roll up their sleeves.

"Local churches local non profits, they are out in droves and they are wanting to hear from you and they are looking for ways to help you," says Mendoza.

The silver lining in the storms: the community of Derby, coming together.

"We have neighbors helping neighbors helping neighbors," says Mendoza.
"If you're able to do it I'd say get out and do it cause not everyone can," says Richards.

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