North Minneapolis tornado cleanup efforts, by the numbersby Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis — Two days after a tornado struck north Minneapolis, thousands are without power as the city finishes assessing damage to property and finding shelter for those whose homes are uninhabitable.
• 7000 customers still without power
• 200+ power poles damaged
• More than 100 gas leaks fixed
Minneapolis Park Board:
• More than 2,000 trees in parks and on boulevards damaged
• 1,500 trees will be replanted this fall
Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis:
• 535 people receiving assistance through the Assistance Center at the Armory
• 80 percent of those homeless seeking shelter are renters
• City's damage estimate is still at $166 million
• At least 500 buildings sustained significant damage
• 116 buildings are unsafe for occupation
• 35 deemed unsafe for habitation after two-thirds of damage areas was inspected
• 1,819 buildings sustained significant damage. Significant means the repairs will require permits
• 958 buildings have 'masts down' - masts are the pipes full of wires that extend from a building to the power pole. Xcel officials say if these are damaged, they cannot restore power. They must be fixed by licensed electrician first.
• At least 10 properties will probably have to be torn down
- All Things Considered, 05/24/2011, 5:24 p.m.