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Columbia County contractor beginning debris clean-up

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 2:05 PM
Last updated 9:23 PM
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Columbia County officials expect cleanup of storm debris to take 45 days and are extending service to include residents on private roads.

“The debris is so massive, we have to help,” Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker said late last week.

The Columbia County Commission voted Tuesday night to allow the county’s debris removal contractor, Ceres Environmental Services Inc., to pick up storm debris on private roads, which would include gated communities, such as West Lake. Although the county does not maintain their streets, homeowners in these areas do pay property taxes and need to be included in the cleanup effort, commission Chairman Ron Cross said.

“This is a case where we had to make an exception because this was an exceptional situation,” Cross said.

The removal contractor will go through each area once, so residents need to have their debris on the roadside as soon as possible, according to Tucker. Debris should be placed as close to the curb as possible without being in the street. Residents with long driveways need to put the debris on the main road.

Only limbs and trees up to 10 feet will be picked up.

Debris should not be placed in bags or anything else, and the piles should not be stacked on anything such as fencing, mailboxes or yard ornaments. Piles containing other items including bags and construction materials will not be hauled away.

Tucker said anyone with concerns about debris pickup should call the Emergency Operations Center at (706) 868-3303 by March 3. For more information, call the EOC or send an e-mail to

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Stunned 2
Stunned 2 02/20/14 - 09:07 am
Seems like they would have contracted with several contractors

so that the clean up would go much faster.
Not only are these large piles a hazard, but Spring is coming. We'll either have large dead spots in our lawns or high weeds growing up around these piles. Then we'll be using more chemicals to correct these problems. But, I do appreciate that the county is at least picking up. My trees dropped 3 small limbs, but I got hit hard by neighbors' trees that landed in my yard.

soapy_725 02/20/14 - 09:30 am
corgimom 02/20/14 - 05:27 pm
Oh, yeah, the people living

Oh, yeah, the people living in West Lake can't afford to hire their yard men to haul it away.

They need help to do it.

Barry Paschal 02/20/14 - 10:27 pm
People in West Lake

The people in West Lake pay property taxes - and pay for upkeep of their own streets rather than taxpayers fitting the bill. Why shouldn't the storm damage be picked up in their neighborhood, too?

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