If you would have known Madison streets crews were lagging behind in picking up Christmas trees from curbsides, you could have kept the tree lit and decorated for the Super Bowl.
The December blizzard and almost continuous light snowfalls the past two weeks put the second round of Christmas tree collection in Madison way behind schedule, but the city hopes to resume taking trees off the snowbanks the week of Feb. 11.
The blizzard knocked down hundreds of branches from trees and bushes, so crews had a lot more tree material to deal with than the usual pickup of Christmas trees.
"Our crews collected over 600 tons of Christmas trees and brush in January," said recycling coordinator George Dreckmann in a news release. "That is three times more than our average."
Because of the heavy volume, crews needed almost four weeks to complete the first round of pickups, when it usually takes two weeks.
The wave after wave of small snow events the past two weeks also kept crews operating salting and sanding trucks instead of tossing Christmas trees into dump trucks.
"Since Jan. 22, we have had only two days when we didn't have to do significant snow and ice work," Dreckmann said. "This limited our ability to assign staff to tree and brush collection."
The planned resumption of collecting Christmas trees is set for Feb. 11, but that could change depending on the weather.
Dreckmann said residents could help out by digging out any discarded trees that are under the snow.