Last week's fierce winter storm has moved on, but what it left behind will take months to clean up. As the recovery process begins, many residents are wondering what they are to do with the debris that has destroyed their yards.
Each city sets their own guidelines for the removal of the storm debris, but all of them require the limbs and trees to be piled by the road for them to pick it up.
Highland Mayor Jerome Norwood said the city will be picking up tree limbs, tree debris and sections of trees that are placed on the side of the roads. No structural debris will be taken at all.
The larger tree limbs and debris have to be cut into sections that measure four feet or under. Norwood asks that the limbs and debris be placed in separate piles. If residents have fallen trees or trees that will have to be removed due to damage, the sections can be no longer than two feet to be accepted by the city.
Norwood said city crews are clearing streets and working on the grinder pumps for the treatment plants before they can begin picking up individuals debris. "This will be a long, hard process and we ask our citizens to bear with us," Norwood said.
Ash Flat has not set any stipulations on the size of the debris they will pick up yet. But, they said they will be picking it up if it is piled on the side of the road.
Cherokee Village and Hardy had not set guidelines as of Feb. 2. To contact Cherokee Village City Hall and ask what to do with debris call 870-257-5522.
Hardy residents can call Hardy City Hall at 870-856-3811.
Sharp County Judge Larry Brown advises residents to take extreme caution in the cleaning of debris. Damaged trees and hanging limbs can be very dangerous.