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MINNEAPOLIS -- As Minnesotans continue to clean up after Friday's storm, Minneapolis city officials have released guidelines to help residents handle the mess.

Neighborhood

Officials say that if your area has had storm damage or is without power, it is a good idea to check on neighbors, especially if they are elderly.

Downed power lines

Residents should stay away from downed power lines and report their location to Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines are considered dangerous and should never be approached.

Traffic signals

Traffic signals are not working in areas without power. Officials want to remind drivers to treat these intersections as a four-way stop.

Tree removal

Crews are continuing to remove trees to reopen streets. Major streets are the primary focus. Any trees that have power lines entangled in them will be removed after Excel removes the power lines.

Tree debris drop off

Minneapolis residents may bring tree debris to the Metro Wood Recycling site at 33rd Avenue and 2nd Street in north Minneapolis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, from June 24 through June 29. This recycling site is only for property owners cleaning up debris after storm damage, not for contractors.

Regular yard waste

Smaller branches and pieces of brush can be recycled in the regular Solid Waste & Recycling collection.Crews will pick up brush and small branches less than three inches in diameter and less than three feet long.Officials say homeowners should bundle them securely with twine or rope.Each bundle should weigh less than 40 pounds.

Tree contractors

With many downed trees across the state, many residents may be looking for a contractor to help with removal.Officials say it is important to make sure the company you use is licensed.Click hereto see a list licensed tree service contractors in Minneapolis.

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