WALLINGFORD — A large pile of storm debris is waiting for the wood chipper near the Quinnipiac River, town officials said.
Public Works Director Henry McCully said that the pile of logs sitting at the end of Garden Road, large enough to be seen from Quinnipiac Street, measures about 10,000 cubic yards.
Garden Road is an abandoned former residential cul-de-sac off Quinnipiac Street, between Bull Avenue and the Wallingford Dog Park. The town purchased the 18 parcels in fall of 1999, according to the town assessor’s office, after the river kept flooding the homes’ basements.
The wood was mostly pulled from Tyler Mill Preserve, which has been closed since a microburst on May 15, 2018 heavily damaged the area. Some of the debris came from the town-wide pickup after the storm, McCully said.
Dianne Saunders, town Conservation Commission member, said last month that volunteers had completed 90 percent of the cleanup work in Tyler Mill during the months after the storm. The last of the hazardous trees and other debris needed to be cleared with “tree-moving machinery.”
Although the ice storms delayed that work, McCully said that Public Works has been working in the preserve for several weeks.
The wood-chipping was contracted out, he said.
John Gawlak, Parks and Recreation director, posted an update on the status of Tyler Mill to the department’s website on Wednesday.
He said that during February, Public Works cleared out “previously cut debris and cut hazard trees” and that stewards cleared the Purple Trail, “but were snowed out before starting the Green Trail.”
“Only the Pink Trail, and a few hazards at Bertini Park, will remain after that,” he said.
The update didn’t include a date for reopening the preserve.
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