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Ice storm debris to be collected in western Triangle

Posted March 30, 2014

Orange County counted more than 100 trees downed by ice and wind Friday, March 7, 2014.

— State Department of Transportation crews and the Town of Hillsborough are collecting debris from an early March ice storm that left damage and power outages across Triad and western Triangle counties.

DOT collection will take place along state-maintained roads in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford and Orange counties, part of an area Gov. Pat McCrory has asked the federal government to declare a disaster area. The declaration would allow the state to receive federal funds to help pay for the cleanup.

Crews will begin collecting debris in Alamance, Guilford and Orange counties on Monday. The first sweep is expected to take several weeks, followed by a second and final sweep.

State officials advise residents who live on state-maintained roads in the aforementioned counties to place debris along the side of the roadway as soon as possible and to not place debris in travel lanes or in areas where it will block drainage, mailboxes or fire hydrants, or create issues for motorists and pedestrians.

When placing storm debris, the DOT offered a few tips:

• Check your homeowners insurance as often debris cleanup is covered by insurance and arrangements for its collection would be handled by the insurance company
• NCDOT will only collect vegetation debris such as trees and limbs
• Property owners are asked to cut storm-related vegetation debris into five or six-foot pieces, if possible
• Residents in affected counties who do not meet the threshold for a federal declaration should follow their county’s debris removal plan

Questions about debris removal, or whether you live on a state-maintained road, should be directed to:

• Alamance County Maintenance Office: 336-570-6815
• Caswell County Maintenance Office: 336-694-6101
• Guilford County Maintenance Office (West- Sandy Ridge): 336-668-2464
• Guilford County Maintenance Office (East- Camp Burton): 336-375-5475
• Orange County Maintenance Office: 919-732-5350

In Hillsborough, a brush removal contractor has started collecting storm debris. Residents are urged to move brush to the curb as soon as possible.

The town issued guidelines for placing storm debris:

• Tree limbs and logs should be placed in the same direction and away from mailboxes
• Storm debris should not be placed on top of water meter boxes. Although Hillsborough water meters are electronically read, anything placed on top of the meter box interferes with the signal
• Biodegradable bags with small storm debris should be placed away from brush piles
• Limbs and logs longer than 6 to 8 feet should be cut into shorter lengths to decrease their weight and to prevent damage to town equipment.
• Logs with a diameter between 6 and 14 inches should be no greater than 4 feet in length
• Logs with a diameter between 14 and 24 inches, should be 2 feet in length
• Logs with a diameter larger than 24 inches should be shorter than 2 feet in length
• Stumps will not be collected
• A maximum of 10 biodegradable paper bags per household will be collected each day

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  • Nana143 Mar 31, 2014

    Durham county north of I85 cleanup starts today also per press release from DOT.