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Homeowners' Debris Create Road Hazards If Not Removed Properly

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RALEIGH, N.C. — What is left from last week's ice storm is lining roadways around the Triangle. In many cases, the debris is off the road and neatly stacked, but some people have put the limbs too close to the street, which makes it a hazard for mail carriers, school buses and repair crews.

The Department of Transportation in Wake County has contracted with a removal company to pick up what is expected to be thousands of truckloads of debris, but those crews will only pick up debris on state-maintained roads and streets.

"They may also live in the city of Raleigh, the town of Apex or Wendell, Zebulon and Cary. If they are in those areas, they need to call their local governments," said Jerry Linder, of the State Department of Transportation. "We have several landfills around Wake County that we already have on contract, which we take our debris to now."

The city of Raleigh has contracted with the same company as Wake County, so residents can expect to see those trucks too.

Officials said some of this debris may be ground up as was the case following Hurricane Fran, but those decisions have not been made. Linder said it is important for people to remember that when they clean up, they need to keep the limb piles on the side of the road and not in it.

"You put it in the road, then if people travel up and down the road like school buses, your lanes become very narrow," he said. "People could run into it at night. You don't see it. There's not lighting available in some of these subdivisions."

Residents can drop off debris at the following locations in Wake County:

  • Blythe Recycling Facility
  • Buffaloe Landfill
  • Raleigh's Yard Waste Facility
  • The drop-off for Cary residents is at Lexie Lane Park. The town will begin curbside pick-up next week. In Orange County, people can take debris to the Orange Regional Landfill on Eubanks Road.

    Durham and Chapel Hill will begin curbside service soon, but officials said it will take several weeks to collect all of the debris.

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