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Clean-up from late July storm almost complete

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City crews are nearly finished collecting debris from a severe storm that rolled through Winnipeg at the end of July.

The July 29 storm brought heavy rainfall and gusty winds upwards of 100 kilometres an hour which downed trees and knocked out power. The city received about 600 calls about fallen trees, and crews worked to deal with hazardous trees blocking roads or on hydro lines first, before collecting smaller branches.

Dave Domke, Winnipeg's manager of parks and open spaces, said the majority of the $200,000 clean-up is complete. He said the medium-sized storm was concentrated in certain neighbourhoods, including St. Vital, River Heights and Fort Garry, and did not cause damage in northern parts of the city.

Smaller tree branches have been chipped to be reused in parks, Domke said, and larger logs have been transported to Brady Road Landfill where they are recycled by a flooring company.

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