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Free debris removal to end

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    If you look around some of the storm stricken areas in Tuscaloosa,you'll find some storm debris becoming covered with high weeds.

    The city is about to start declaring those type properties a nuisance.

    Beginning June 1, 2011, the city will end its voluntary storm debris clean up on private lots and after that its left up to the property owner.

    "Since the tornado -- we've gone onto these property with a right of entry form and cleanend up the private properties free of charge utilizing our volunteer programs and FEMA grants," says Meredith Lynch with the city's Incident Command.

     It means the city is return to the normal process of enforcing ordinances to keep lots properly trimmed.

     Anyone lots in violation will be tagged, the owner will have seven days to comply or the city will clean the lot and place a lien on the property for reimbursement.