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Eau Claire starts 16-hour street sweeps to keep up with falling leaves

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire street sweepers started sweeping 16 hours a day, and will continue the schedule through November with leaves falling faster than they could be cleaned up. 

Street sweeping falls in the storm sewer budget, and the city often cuts costs by selling the leaves to contractors for topsoil. 

Last year, the city collected 6,100 cubic yards of leaves.

The city hoped leasing the Jeffers Road brush site to Boxx Sanitation will lead to extra money in the budget next year, but said residents could help now by keeping their leaves out of the streets, and their eyes open for slow-moving sweepers.

"If you give the operators space to do their job, we are going to get things cleaned up faster and safer," Eau Claire Street Maintenance Manager Steven Thompson said. 

It is against city ordinances to dump leaves in the street, and could anyone a $50 ticket if caught. 

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