What About Street Sweepers?
We've been told about not using leafblowers to get rid of street and yard ash residue, but there will soon be a much bigger threat in that regard—city street sweepers. For those of you who haven't seen these behemoths in action, here's what happens: the sweepers lumber down the streets with huge swirling brushes churning up everything in their path, creating huge dust clouds. The streets are thick wish ashes right now.
Once the sweepers go into action, they will stir up a huge barrage of toxic elements into the air that will be far worse than just letting the ashes settle. Hopefully, someone from Public Works will figure this out before the sweepers get going tomorrow (Monday). If they don't, and you see street sweepers on duty, please call public Works and tell them to stop immediately. The ash particulates aren't as "harmless" as regular street dust. They can actually kill people with acute respiratory conditions.