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North Little Rock announces end of tornado debris removal

North Little Rock has announced that people should prepare for tornado debris removal in the city to end later this month.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The City of North Little Rock announced on Wednesday that people in the area should prepare for the end of debris removal in the city. 

It's a move that Mayor Terry Hartwick said reflects the city's progress since the tornado on March 31. He added that clean-up is moving ahead of schedule.

"Crowder Gulf has done a great great job picking everything up so we're very close," Hartwick said. "It's an effort, but I'm so proud of our city. The employees have come together... I feel like we're way ahead of the curve."

Indian Hills community resident Rich Johnson described his neighborhood as a jungle on the day of the tornado. While much of that debris is now cleared, he said there's still a long road ahead.

"There's been a lot of progress made," Johnson said. "Still a long process just to fix a fence and a deck and remove trees."

The deadline for debris removal is set for May 29, which means people need to drop off debris in the parking lot of the Hospitality House at 401 West Military Drive or place it near the street at their homes by Memorial Day.

Anyone who may still need help removing debris from areas that were affected by the tornado should contact the city at (501) 906-5014.

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