Left to right (sitting): Mayor Reg Green, City Manager Joan Riley and City Attorney David Widdoes at the formal proclamation of the state of emergency for City of Sapulpa.

City of Sapulpa formally declares a state of emergency, allowing them to help with debris cleanup

This proclamation means they can assist with debris removal, and that they'll also remove limbs from your curb. See inside for guidelines about where and how to place your fallen limbs.

The City of Sapulpa held a press conference today at 2 pm at City Hall to inform the public of the status of recovery operations from Sunday morning’s two EF-1 tornadoes. Mayor Reg Green read a Proclamation issued by the City of Sapulpa declaring a “State of Emergency” with respect to the Tornadic Storm of May 26, 2019. City Manager Joan Riley stated there was a great deal of volunteer help, coming from as far away as Virginia and Alabama.

Proclamation of State of Emergency. Click for larger view.

City Attorney David Widdoes said that this resolution allows the City, on a case by case basis, to go onto private property with the owner’s permission, to help mitigate debris and damage from the recent storm. This means that the City, time permitting, will pick up brush, fallen trees, and debris at the curb. Citizens are asked to place it all next to roadway, and it does not have to be cut up to a specific length. Steve Hardt, Public Works Director, asked that the debris from fallen trees, etc., not be placed next to water meters, gas meters, power supply boxes and cable boxes.

Related: Here’s the list of all the dump sites in Sapulpa for trees and other debris.

Public funds normally cannot be used to assist with privately-owned situations such as fallen debris, except in the case of a state of emergency. This may also allow some funds to be freed up to help assist in repairing of private roads that were washed out by last week’s flooding.

Related: Multiple bridges and roads are washed out all across Creek County.

Widdoes announced that at the request of Mark Lawson, State Representative, that a uniform message from the City of Sapulpa, stating what the city will do, be published and also placed on social media.

About the Author

Long-time Sapulpa resident, Charles Betzler, followed his father, Charlie, into the radio and TV repair business. At age 9, he fixed his first broken radio and his first love is vintage audio equipment. In his 50 + years of technical work, graduation from OSUIT, and years of Continuing Education, Charles, in his capacity as Emergency Management Director of nearby city, designed the Emergency Operations Center, and the radio-activation system for the sirens. In his long career, he has repaired every type of consumer electronics from black-and-white TVs to the latest lap-top.

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