Kaysville Residents Want Giant Pile Of Storm Debris Removed

Oct 5, 2020, 7:30 PM | Updated: 8:45 pm

KAYSVILLE, Utah – Cleanup from September’s wild windstorm was still far from over in parts of Utah and people in a Kaysville neighborhood have been eager to get rid of a giant pile of debris.

It would take months for Kaysville Public Works to remove the pile on its own and that’s why the city planned to hire a private contractor for the job.

It couldn’t be quick enough for resident Shanna Simkins. The view from her backyard has not been quite what it used to be. She watched as the pile grew.

“It was a constant stream of every kind of vehicle, coming through with loads,” she said.

The view from Shanna Simkins’ backyard. (KSL-TV)

The temporary drop-off site was set up following hurricane-force winds that dragged down hundreds of trees and power lines. The damage was so severe that Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency.

Simkins said city workers told her at the time it wouldn’t be there long.

“Yeah, and they said two weeks,” she said. “It’s been more than a month now.”

“At the very beginning of the windstorm event, we placed some dumpsters out there at that very same site, and they just were overwhelmed,” said Shayne Scott, Kaysville City manager.

According to Scott, the site represented the last of the city’s cleanup, and it will take some time even for professionals to get it all cleared out.

A tangled mess of debris in Kaysville. (KSL TV)

He said the job should be finished by the end of the month.

“We’ve been working with our own fire department on safely having that debris pile where it is,” Scott said. “Fortunately, it’s got enough space between it and homes and other structures where there’s not a safety concern at this time.”

Simkins was concerned that the potential for a storm over the weekend could blow debris into her yard. She’s also worried about debris on the walking trail right next to it.

“The neighborhood children ride their bikes and their scooters around here. It’s a hazard,” Scott added.

Scott said the city has already reached out to some contractors. Clearing the pile could start by the end of the week.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

A closed gate from Utah wilderness officials to prevent people from accessing the trail....
Lauren Steinbrecher

Forest Service hoping to reopen popular Big Cottonwood Canyon area closed over permit issue

The Forest Service is trying to work through a permit issue with private landowners right next to one of the most popular hiking trails along the Wasatch Front.
24 hours ago
Utah Red Cross members in Fort Meyers, Florida to help with disaster relief....
Mike Anderson

Utah Red Cross arrives in Florida to help with disaster relief

The head of Utah's Red Cross is in Florida Sunday night, helping in the long recovery ahead.
24 hours ago
FILE: Double Arch in Arches National Park
(Arches NP/NPS)...
Michael Houck

Woman’s body found at Arches National Park

Authorities in Grand County recovered the body of a dead woman in Arches National Park on Saturday.
24 hours ago
Francisco Jesus Huerta-Martinez, in 2015..
(Courtesy: West Valley City Police) Department...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Fugitive charged with 2015 killing of West Valley woman arrested

A man who was charged with murder in the killing of a West Valley woman in 2015 has been arrested after seven years on the run.
24 hours ago
Southbound traffic halted near Kannaraville. (UDOT)...
Michael Houck

UPDATE: One dead in fatal crash in Washington County

A man is dead after losing control of his trailer, causing his car to roll over, and dying on the scene Saturday afternoon.
24 hours ago
The hail in Grand County compared to a silver dollar. (Courtesy: Seth Ohms)...
Michael Houck

Weather officials warn of hazardous storm with hail, lighting, and 60mph winds in southern and eastern Utah

Utah weather officials are warning southern and eastern Utah residents of half-dollar size hail and gusty winds Sunday afternoon. 
24 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
Kaysville Residents Want Giant Pile Of Storm Debris Removed