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Irma debris clean up starts in Macon-Bibb County

‘I am in shock’ after Irma damage to historic neighborhood

Tropical Storm Irma pummeled the historic Shirley Hills neighborhood of northeast Macon, shocking a neighbor who grew up in Florida. Dozens of tall trees and pines crashed through power lines and snapped poles Sept. 11, 2017.
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Tropical Storm Irma pummeled the historic Shirley Hills neighborhood of northeast Macon, shocking a neighbor who grew up in Florida. Dozens of tall trees and pines crashed through power lines and snapped poles Sept. 11, 2017.

Crews on Thursday began collecting major debris in Macon-Bibb County left behind from Tropical Storm Irma, which deluged Georgia with heavy rains and strong winds.

Crews from Southern Disaster Recovery — which will collect, grind and remove debris — will focus first on the hardest hit areas, according to a Macon-Bibb County news release. Those areas include: Shirley Hills, east Macon, Ingleside, Overlook and Bloomfield, as well as neighborhoods near Riverside Drive and Pierce Avenue.

DebrisTech will monitor the process. Both companies are hiring for the local cleanup effort.

Residents with debris that needs to be picked up may submit their location at www.maconbibb.us/seeclickfix or on the SeeClickFix mobile app. Select “Irma Debris Removal” from the list. Those without internet may call 478-803-0499 or 478-751-7400. However, debris will be picked up whether or not it is reported.

The clean up is expected to take about two months, Macon-Bibb County spokesman Chris Floore said.

Debris removal from the Sept. 11 tropical storm could cost Macon-Bibb hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to early estimates. The county expects to receive some reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will request individual assistance for uninsured losses on private properties.

But some help is available now.

Residents who need assistance with removing trees or replenishing their food pantries after Irma may turn to the United Way of Central Georgia for help. Text IRMA6 to 898211, and you’ll be directed to assistance. Those who need help with debris removal that could be done by volunteers may also call 478-621-7814, the release states.

If you’d like to volunteer, go to the United Way of Central Georgia’s website to sign up. You also may make a donation at www.unitedwaycg.org and designate your gift for “Irma Relief.”

Jennifer Burk: 478-744-4345, @jennburk

Debris removal tips

▪  All trunks, limbs and branches must be cut to 4 feet or less.

▪  Tree trunks must be placed in their own pile.

▪  Put leaves and pine straw in their own bags or trash cans.

▪  Do not bring debris to the Walker Road landfill.

▪  All branches and limbs must be placed in their own pile.

▪  Do not mix debris with other solid waste.

▪  Place building materials in a separate pile.

▪  Do not burn debris.

Source: Macon-Bibb County

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