Public works crews try to clear debris

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; City public works crews should clear all but minor debris by 3 p.m. Friday and will be back to work next week picking up debris those cleaning their yards leave by the side of the road.

Outside the city, Adams County Road Department crews probably won’t be through clearing debris for another two weeks, county Road Manager Clarence Jones said Tuesday.

&uot;We’ve got 35 employees working, and they’re all working keeping the main roads cleaned up,&uot; Jones said.

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As of late Monday, Adams County Road Department crews had compiled a list of 77 places outside Natchez where trees were down; 18 places where powers lines were down; four places where homes were damaged; and two places, Burkhart Road and U.S. 61 North, where utility poles were broken.

Inside the city, trees were down in 14 places (not counting 12 more on power lines, which public works crews couldn’t touch prior to Entergy’s arrival), limbs down in 12 places and three houses with trees on them.

&uot;We’ve now gotten the roads cleared, and we’ve got seven trucks running now&uot; continuing cleanup, Ronnie Ivey, director of operations for the city’s Public Works Division, said late Tuesday morning.

Ivey said the cleanup operation was working smoothly thanks of public works employees’ experience and dedication and to the help of Natchez Waterworks crews.

Advance planning, such as getting equipment ready to use Sunday and clearing blocked storm drains early Monday morning, also helped, he said.