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City or Tornado Victims? Who Needs to Pay to Clear Remaining Debris?
The City of Piedmont is trying to determine who should pay to clear remaining debris after a tornado that hit nearly two years ago.
The city has identified seventeen private locations where debris is still a problem.
Some residents tell Fox 25, the city needs to be more considerate of these victims. They say the city should not harass tornado victims into paying for removal, especially if it does not know the circumstances the property owners are under. Some were concerned owners could still be in an insurance or bank battle over their destroyed lots. Others do not have the same opinion.
People who live adjacent to property still littered with debris, say land owners should have cleared the site months ago. They say they took the initiative to clean their property, so the city should not have to pay for others.
A bid up for a vote at Piedmont City Council last week, put a cost of $7,800 for debris removal from three locations. The bid was shot-down, while the council determines if land owners should pay.
The city says a lien of these properties is a possibility, but its something the city is trying to avoid.
Posted: Monday, March 11 2013, 09:34 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for much of Oklahoma
May 19, 2013 20:18 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Storm Prediction Center in Norman has issued a tornado watch for much of Oklahoma.
The watch is in effect until 11 p.m. Sunday and covers central and eastern Oklahoma, including the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas.
Forecasters say there is a risk of severe thunderstorms and very large hail with the developing storm system.
The risk for tornadoes is expected to increase into the evening, especially in eastern Oklahoma.
Forecasters say a few strong tornadoes are possible, as are long-track supercell thunderstorms.
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