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Kokomo tornado debris gets new life

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KOKOMO — This spring, Kokomo residents will see something positive come out of the tornado damage.

Tree branches that were knocked down during the November 17 storm have been collected from neighborhoods within the city, turned into mulch, and piled behind the Kokomo Parks and Recreation building. The mulch will be used to line trails in city parks.

I think that’s great,” said life-long Kokomo resident Trina Blackburn. “There’s nothing better than taking something that’s a disaster and turning it into something good.”

An estimated 22,000 cubic yards of branches produced a mountain of mulch.

The city’s parks, sanitation and street departments all helped with the two-week effort.