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Published June 04 2011

2,000 volunteers expected for Minneapolis tornado cleanup

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Volunteers are turning out in droves for the massive cleanup of Minneapolis neighborhoods hit by a tornado last month.

About 2,000 are expected in total on Saturday, with 1,000 showing up in the morning for the first of two shifts.

The Star Tribune reports (volunteers raked and bagged debris and dragged larger branches to curbs. Salvation Army and Red Cross trucks provided food and water.

Another wave of workers was scheduled for the afternoon.

Heavy-equipment operators had already cleared the streets of massive tree trunks and heavier branches.

Since the May 22 tornado, hundreds of volunteers have helped with cleanup. Saturday's event was billed as the final stage of debris removal.