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Trees pile to the sky in storm battered St. Louis


St. Louis – Piles of mangled trees and broken limbs stretch more than 30 football fields in St. Louis as cleanup crews tackle what last week's storms left behind.

Parks officials say tons of debris reach 25 feet high at three city drop-off points.

Power has been restored at a rate of about 100,000 customers a day since Friday's storm. More than a half million homes and businesses were without electricity last week after two tree-downing storms hit St. Louis in three days.

More than 100 dump trucks are loading up fallen trees that met 80 mile-per-hour winds.

City Parks Director Gary Bess says he expects more than 40 thousand truck loads to be collected once everything is done -- and that's just in the city of St. Louis.

Missouri Army National Guardsmen are assisting with the cleanup.