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Volunteers can call 311 to help with clean-up efforts

Want to volunteer to help clean up the city? Call 311. City crews working since 5 a.m.

Volunteers who want to help Baltimore's clean-up efforts should call 311, officials said Tuesday.

Neighborhood groups and others have been organizing all morning, using social media and other means.

Baltimore Department of Public Works crews were deployed beginning at 5 a.m. to clean up parts of the city damaged during the riots. The streets are being cleared using dump trucks, tow trucks, bobcats, street sweepers and shovels.

Clean-ups are planned for Martin Luther King Boulevard and Saratoga Street as well as the bus loop at Mondawmin Mall and the mall parking lot at Gwynn Falls Avenue.

By 7 a.m., crews had already cleared debris from along the heavily damaged Fulton Avenue between North Avenue and Division Street, as well as Pennsylvania Avenue between North Avenue and Bloom Street, officials said.

The cleaning schedule is being determined based on the damage sustained and the safety of the workers.

Regular street sweeping routes have been suspended. Trash and recycling pick-ups are set to occur as regularly scheduled.

"During this very difficult time for our city, we will deploy the necessary manpower and resources needed to clean up and support the affected communities," Rudolph S. Chow, director of public works, said in a statement.

The Public Works Department opened its Emergency Operations Center at 4 a.m. to assess debris removal efforts.

City workers from various agencies are joining the effort, including those from the Department of Transportation.

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