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Debris clean-up still ongoing

Thursday, April 16, 2009

There are several who still walk out the front door each morning to be greeted by the tangled mess of branches sitting by the road and they would like to know when that mess will disappear.

According to Fulton County Judge Charles Willett, the county is about one third of the way finished with the removal of the debris left behind by January's ice storm. "The progress has been slow in the past week because of the weather," Willett said.

Debris pick up has been completed in Mammoth Spring. According to Willet they expect to finish debris removal in Salem and Viola in the next week, weather permitting. But, to finish the county as a whole, it's expected to take around five to six months.

Another issue Willett has run into is where the county is responsible for debris removal when it comes to the state highways. The county will remove piled debris from houses that are located on the state highways. This does not include empty lots or land, only residences. The state will remove debris from their right of ways.

"We have eight crews out working every day," Willett said. "About 85 people all together."

He said some of the county crews have equipment to remove hanging limbs and trim the trees. The trees that the county cannot trim, the hired crews will tend to. "We are trying to take care of the hanging limbs as we go."

Willett also said the county is grading roads as the debris is being removed. "We graded out by Fairview cemetery but then the rain came -- mother nature hasn't been very kind- the rain washed the road out right after we graded," Willett said.

The county will be removing debris along all county maintained roads, but there has not been a cut off day scheduled yet. One thing Willett asks of Fulton County residents is that they do not burn their piled debris. FEMA pays based upon cubic yards removed and when residents begin to burn the piles it inflates the county's cost.

The county asks that the debris piled on the road sides be cut into sections of six feet or less. The debris must be set on the road side, the county cannot go onto personal property to remove debris. Lastly, the storm debris is to contain only limbs and tree debris, no building or garbage materials will be removed.

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