PORTAGE | City officials blamed Mother Nature on Tuesday night for falling behind on residential leaf pickup this fall.
"They came down fast, late and froze on us," said Mayor James Snyder.
Street Superintendent Steve Charnetzky said his department has fallen a week or so behind because of two rainy days, a storm last month which diverted crews to picking up tree limbs and a snow day.
"It put us behind but we should be done in the next 10 days or so," said Charnetzky.
Snyder said they've pulled every available person from other departments to get caught up on leaf collection.
Snyder said it should get better with the city's new all-call system coming online later this year. He said the system will allow the city to notify residents when leaf collection will be in their neighborhoods.