Deadlines loom for storm debris pickup
Posted May 31, 2011 4:14 p.m. EDT
Updated May 31, 2011 7:40 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A swarm of tornadoes ripped through the state more than six weeks ago, but piles of debris still line streets in many areas. Wake, Cumberland and Johnston counties, along with the city of Raleigh, will end their pickup programs this week and they're advising that residents get their debris to the curb as soon as possible.
In Wake County, residents should put all debris on the roadside Tuesday, ahead of the county's final tornado cleanup sweep this week. The county estimates spending $2.63 million on overall cleanup from the April 16 tornadoes, including at least $870,000 to clear leaning trees and hanging limbs alone.
The city of Raleigh said all vegetative debris, such as tree limbs and bushes, should be placed at the curb by Wednesday but that residents could make special pickup arrangements with the city's contractor until June 11.
City waste management crews have picked up 200,000 cubic yards of tornado-torn trees, branches and bushes since the twister hit. The vegetation will be ground up and turned into mulch, officials said.
Any vegetative debris placed at the curb will be hauled away, the city said, but it's up to residents to dispose of wood and metal roofing.
Wake County will allow free dumping of those materials at one of 11 waste convenience centers until Sunday:
- 10505 Old Stage Road in Raleigh
- 6025 Old Smithfield Road in Apex
- 266 Aviation Parkway in Morrisville
- 3600 Yates Mill Pond Road in Raleigh
- 8401 Battle Bridge Road in Raleigh
- 3913 Lillie Liles Road in Wake Forest
- 9008 Deponie Drive in Raleigh
- 2001 Durham Road (N.C. Highway 98) in Wake Forest
- 3337 New Hill-Holleman Road in New Hill
- 5216 Knightdale-Eagle Rock Road in Knightdale
- 5051 Wendell Blvd. (U.S. Highway 64 Business) in Wendell
The state Department of Transportation was finishing its collections in Johnston County Tuesday, and in Cumberland County, officials anticipated that the final day for debris pickup would be Friday.
Some nonprofit organizations are also offering cleanup help. The Baptist's Men, for example, are offering free tree removal, which can typically cost homeowners anywhere from $100 to more than $2,500 per tree, depending on the size.
Since April 16, more than 10,000 volunteers with the disaster relief group have helped remove toppled trees and other vegetative debris from the yards of more than 450 homeowners, many in Wake County. The group has 265 disaster recovery trailers across the state.
Assistance is available by calling 919-834-7911 or by registering online at www.baptistsonmission.org.