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County; Wilmington; Carolina Beach To Pick Up Storm Debris

(Photo: City of Wilmington, NC)

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County announced earlier this week they will provide pickup of vegetative storm debris from last week's winter storm that brought mostly ice and little snow to the area.
Ice forming on trees left many homeowners with fallen limbs and trees to deal with.
Residents of unincorporated New Hanover County should have all vegetative debris from the winter storm ready for collection by Friday, February 21.
The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has activated the County’s contract with a private company, DRC Emergency Services, to remove vegetative debris generated by the storm from all unincorporated areas of New Hanover County.
Beginning Wednesday, February 19, collection crews will begin removing debris from New Hanover County Schools and County parks before moving into residential zones.
Residents in the unincorporated area are asked to place only vegetative debris neatly by the curbside, away from the street, drainage ditches, fire hydrants, street signs, mailboxes and parked cars. Residents are asked to not bag any storm debris. Larger branches should be cut into six foot lengths or less. There will be no pick up of construction or demolition material.
Collection crews will be removing any hanging limbs or split/leaning limbs that are over the right-of-way. To ensure all storm debris is collected, crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (Sunday through Saturday) and will be making two passes over a week apart. Residents are asked to exercise extreme caution when driving around collection crews.
Due to the amount of debris and accessibility, DRC will be utilizing many different types and colors of collection vehicles.
For additional information regarding debris pickup, contact New Hanover Environmental Management at (910) 798-4400.
City of Wilmington
The Wilmington City Council voted at their February 18th, meeting to designate $600,000 from the city’s savings account to pay an Alabama company that was previously selected through a competitive bid process to activate pick-up operations here. The city maintains a savings account – called a fund balance – to pay for unexpected expenses such as clean up from severe weather events.
Extra city crews have been working to clear debris since last week. The city’s Public Services Director reported to City Council that, even with the extra crews working, only about 1,200 cubic yards of an estimated 50,000 cubic yards from the storm have been picked up so far.
Wilmington city officials estimate it would take approximately 5-6 weeks to pick up debris citywide. If only using city crews, who would be pulled off of their regular duties, it would take 17 weeks.
To provide some perspective on size:  50,000 cubic yards of debris would fill up to eight football fields. The city serves more than 30,000 customers with weekly curbside yard waste pick-up, and maintains 400 miles of roads throughout the city, many of which have storm debris on the side of the road that has to be picked up.
Residential trash, recycling and yard waste pick-up for Wilmington:
Trash and recycling pickup routes will run on a regular schedule this week. Yard waste is not likely to be picked up on regular schedule until more debris is cleared from roadsides, so customers are asked to leave their yard waste out until crews can get to it.
Tips for yard debris pick up
• Do not burn yard debris.
• Place small debris such as leaves, pinecones, etc. in containers or bags.
• Do not blow leaves and other debris into streets or storm drains– the debris eventually reaches storm drains, causing flooding in low-lying areas during heavy rains.
• Do not place debris near mailboxes, fire hydrants, telephone and utility equipment, sewer clean-outs, water meters, drainage ditches or storms sewers.
• Do not block public roadways or drivers’ vision with debris.
• Do not mix vegetative debris (limbs, leaves, etc) with household storm debris (appliances, fences, lumber, furniture, shingles, construction debris, etc).
Town of Carolina Beach:
The Town of Carolina Beach will pick up storm related debris through the end of this week. Please place only storm related debris in front of your property on the right of way.