Storm cleanup creeping south in Leawood and Overland Park

Leawood and Overland Park storm recovery

Here's how the southern parts of Leawood and Overland Park fared following last week's severe thunderstorm. Above, storm debris near 132nd Street in southern Leawood on Wednesday afternoon. Photo credit Lucie Krisman.

Efforts to clean up the neighborhoods of Leawood and Overland Park have begun after last weekend’s unusually impactful thunderstorm.

In Leawood, cleanup and repairs began in the northernmost parts of the city and will work their way south.

Meanwhile, residents in Overland Park can still use the city’s storm debris drop-off site in southern Overland Park for two more weekends.

Leawood and Overland Park storm debris
Above, a slumped tree in southern Leawood on Wednesday afternoon. Photo credit Lucie Krisman.

The Blue Valley area received the least damage

  • Leawood city officials said this week that neighborhoods south of I-435 were mostly spared from major storm damage and debris, outside of some fallen trees.
  • Meanwhile, neighborhoods north of I-435 caught severe storm debris due to high storm winds — at one point reaching 80 miles per hour Friday.
  • Southern Overland Park also suffered primarily minor tree damage, with most of the damage reports coming from neighborhoods north of 95th Street, according to city officials.

Both cities are offering debris drop-off sites

  • Leawood residents can still bring storm debris to 2008 W. 104th St. through Sunday, July 23.
  • The drop-off site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Overland Park residents can bring storm debris to the city’s drop-off site at 11921 Hardy St.
  • The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 22, July 23, July 29 and July 30.

Leawood will also offer curbside pickup for northern residents

  • Starting July 24, the city of Leawood will also begin a curbside pickup in neighborhoods off 95th Street.
  • The Leawood City Council on Monday approved a contract of up to $100,000 for local tree service company Arbor Masters to carry out fallen tree and storm debris removal.
  • Overland Park intends to implement curbside pickup for storm debris from street trees in the right-of-way, but has not announced plans to conduct a wider curbside pickup — which sparked criticism from residents at this week’s City Council meeting.

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