What comes down must be picked up: City, county storm cleanup under wayPublished 12:02am Tuesday, September 25, 2012
NATCHEZ — Nearly a month after Tropical Storm Isaac crawled through the Miss-Lou, cleanup of storm debris is not yet done.Angels
Though falling trees harmed a few structures, most of the damage in Adams County was limited to fallen limbs.
But even those limbs take time to clean up, and Natchez Public Works Director Justin Dollar said crews are still picking up debris.
That’s in part because cleanup didn’t start until a week-and-a-half ago.
“We waited because we were trying to give everybody time to get their (debris) to the street,” Dollar said. “If we had started the next day after the storm, we would have only been picking up what our crews pushed to the side of the street.
Natchez city crews started the cleanup efforts in the south of town and are working their way north, Dollar said.
Monday the city crews were in the Duncan Park and Homochitto Street area and were working their way toward Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
Those who want storm debris removed need to have it piled by the curb, Dollar said.
The size of the limbs does not matter in this case because it is storm debris rather than the result of normal trimming, he said.
Adams County road department crews are also picking up debris in the parts of the county outside the city limits.
The road department is being assisted in the cleanup by the Blain Companies, which was awarded a cleanup bid of $24.50 per every cubic yard of debris their crews pick up. County Road Manager Robbie Dollar told the county Board of Supervisors road crews would have to dedicate themselves to nothing but debris cleanup for several weeks without help.
Robbie Dollar could not be reached for comment Monday.
Adams County Board of Supervisors Vice President Mike Lazarus said the crews are working in the southern part of the county in the Sibley area. County employees are focusing on clearing the debris in neighborhoods.
“The road department is working as hard as they can to get that debris out of there,” Lazarus said.
“It’s killing people’s yards and grass, and it also creates safety hazards, leaving the limbs and other stuff out.”
Residents in the county can pile their debris to be removed by the road, Lazarus said, and if they believe the road department missed their residence during the debris collection can call the road department office.
“We are just picking up the debris as we get to it, but some people may not have had it out there when we went through,” Lazarus said.
Residents can also call the road department to find out when they can expect for their debris to be collected, he said.
Because the debris collection is related to storm recovery, 75 percent of the costs will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and 12 percent will be reimbursed by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Lazarus said.
The debris collected by both the city and the county governments is being disposed of at Triad Disposal at 223 Old U.S. 84 No. 1.