City of South Bend plans storm cleanup

South Bend, Ind. Crews will focus on storm debris clean up, beginning with primary and secondary streets. Thursday is the goal for completing that work.

"The focus tonight is getting the streets cleared," said South Bend's Director of Public Works Eric Horvath.

Horvath noted that critical infrastructure had been kept up with generators in the wake of the storm. Power has also been restored to the city's treatment plants.

The Streets Department has suspended yard waste pickup and all scheduled extra-item pickups for the remainder of the week.

Residents with downed limbs are asked to place them curbside.

"The City asks for patience as it clears debris left in the wake of severe weather that affected South Bend late Monday and Tuesday," the Mayor's office said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

Thousands in South Bend remain without power. To reach Indiana Michigan Power’s Customer Operations Center call 800-311-4634.

South Bend's parks also took a serious hit Monday night's storm. Many have been temporarily closed or roped off.

Potawatomi & Keller Park have been closed due to debris and downed power lines that make the area dangerous.

"Those parks will be closed indefinitely until the power lines are addressed and some of the hanging branches are cleared," Said Phil St. Clair, Director of South Bend's Dept. of Parks and Recreation.

The East Race Waterway is also closed for the time being.

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