Storm-tipped tree stump removal, sidewalk repairs to start Tuesday in Mpls.

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MINNEAPOLIS - Tree stumps and sidewalk repairs connected to the June 2013 storms will begin in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says once the stumps are removed, crews will repair sidewalks and curbs damaged by the tipped stumps.

The repairs will be made at no charge to residents.

The late June storms toppled more than 3,000 park and boulevard trees throughout the city.

During the days and weeks following the storm, crews worked around the clock to open streets, remove downed and damaged boulevard trees and haul away residential tree debris.

More than 2,300 semi truckloads of tree debris were removed from across Minneapolis between June 22 and the end of July.

During the month of August, University of Minnesota researchers photographed and inventoried the addresses of nearly 800 stumps, looking for patterns that could help foresters and arborists better understand why some trees of the same age and type fell and others did not.

The researcher's documentation will also be used as part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's FEMA application process.

The Park Board estimates it will take four weeks to remove all of the tipped stumps. The city's goal is to have all sidewalks and curb repairs completed by Nov. 1.

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