Kokomo chopping through tornado's limb debris

City turning downed trees into mulch

KOKOMO, Ind. - An effort is underway in storm-damaged Kokomo to turn tornado debris into a useful byproduct for the city.

The huge number of tree limbs knocked down across Kokomo when two tornadoes hit the city three weeks ago is disappearing.

City crews have largely picked up the branches from around the city and hauled them to a factory parking lot. That's where large wood chippers have been used to grind them up for use as mulch in city parks.

Parks superintendent Randy Morris tells the Kokomo Tribune (http://bit.ly/1bw8ANi ) he estimates that 22,000 cubic yards of branches have been collected since the severe storms hit Nov. 17.

Up to 10 dump truck loads a day in wood chips have been hauled from the factory to a lot near the city's parks and recreation building.

Morris says the wood chips will eventually be used along trails in city parks.

"We have a large system of trails for cyclists and runners throughout the city and there is a lot of mulching and landscaping around those, so we're actually going to take the tree limbs, mulch them up and use those on the trails," Kokomo spokesman David Tharp said.

Gov. Mike Pence formally requested federal aid for Howard County last week.

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