Debris pickup is continuing to move at a fast pace after Winter Storm Pax dumped thick sheets of ice and caused mass power outages across Aiken County on Feb. 11. The County’s contractor, Southern Disaster Recovery, has collected an estimated total of more than 550,000 cubic yards of debris out of a total of 600,000 off of county-owned roads as of Friday. Crews have collected storm debris in 28 zones established in the county, and the contractor estimates to be complete with debris pickup in about 25 days.
County Public Works Director John Dyches urged residents cleaning up debris unrelated to the ice storm not put that debris out for contractors.
The City divided cleanup into three passes – a “pass” is one sweep of all city neighborhoods.
Pearce said the initial estimate of total debris he shared at a City Council meeting on Feb. 24 was approximately 278,000 cubic yards, and staff believe they will collect all remaining debris in three months from the storm’s original date.
Work on Winter Storm PAX debris removal continues for Southern Disaster Recovery work teams.
As of Friday March 28, 2014, according to the official Aiken County Government website, it is estimated that 81 percent of storm debris has been collected from County roads. The projected completion date of storm cleanup is the end of April. Southern Disaster Recovery (SDR) is removing hangers, leaners and storm debris from County roadsides AND private roadsides.
From the Website:
“So, what are a hanger and a leaner? A hanger is a dislodged limb that is fractured or broken that may fall into the public right-of-way. A leaner is a tree, out of plumb, that may fall into a roadway or if originating from a roadway may fall onto private property.
SDR is moving through the 28 zones that were mentioned last week. The most efficient way to remove the debris is to get the hangers and leaners downed first. In some areas, debris is being removed BEFORE the hangers and leaners are removed; in some areas, hangers and leaners are being removed FIRST.”
You can check out the County government website to learn more about the process through a daily debris summary that is offered along with a collection progress report.
Work for Southern Disaster Recovery at the old “Coker Plant,” a.k.a. the former JP Stevens textile mill in Greenville, South Carolina is nearing completion. Over 30-thousand tons of concrete have been crushed on-site along with the “take down” of a 200-thousand pound water tower at the location. The water tower has been scrapped for recycling.
The new and improved site will soon be home to a tractor trailer warehouse terminal.
Here are some of our latest photos of a job well done!
In this Feb. 19, 2014 file photo, trees damaged in the worst ice storm in South Carolina in a decade are seen along a highway.
Photo Credit: Bruce Smith AP
In a story written by Bruce Smith from the Associated Press and featured on “THE STATE, South Carolina’s Homepage,” state transportation and emergency officials interviewed indicate it may be years before the final price tag of Winter Storm Pax is known. Hundreds of miles of roadways are being cleared. More than 460,000 trees have been counted, trees that are leaning or with broken branches over highways that must come down.
Forestry officials say the storm caused $360 million in damage to the state’s forestlands, an amount equaling the state’s total timber harvest in a year.
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/03/15/3327323/cleanup-of-sc-storm-debris-could.html#storylink=cpy