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March 6, 2014
Aiken County started the process of storm debris clean up on Monday, February 24th. This process will continue for the next several weeks. Twenty-eight zones have been established throughout the county for debris pickup. Southern Disaster Recovery (SDR), Aiken County’s contractor, will be moving throughout the county using multiple crews, at the same time, to ensure an efficient clean-up of the county. While SDR will be providing clean-up of county owned roads, please note that private driveways are not included in this pick-up process.
If you did not get your ice-storm related tree debris and vegetation to the roadway before the crews made their first pass, they will be making a second pass. This second pick-up will occur approximately two to three weeks out. It is important that all ice storm related debris be brought to your road frontage for collection in this time frame.
There are several things to remember when placing vegetation and limbs next to the roadway:
- Do not place debris in the road or travelway.
- Place the limbs such that they will not scrape a passing car or block a ditch or drainage box.
- Do not place debris near adjacent mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters, cable boxes, etc.
- Be respectful of passing vehicles and potentially blocking the visibility at driveways.
- Do not put debris in trash or refuse bags.
- Do not put damaged lawn furniture or building materials out for collection. These materials require separate processing and proper disposal at a landfill.
Aiken County will be closing their three established storm debris drop off sites after Saturday, March 15th.
- Boyd Pond Park – 373 Boyd Pond Rd. Aiken, SC 29803
- Harrison Carver Park – 4181 Augusta Rd.(Hwy 421) Warrenville, SC 29851
- Roy Warner Park – 4287 Festival Trail Rd. Wagener, SC 29164
With this deadline coming-up, it is important than that citizens bring their storm debris to these collection sites or move it to the roadway.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has already conducted a preliminary damage assessment throughout Aiken County. Any funds that are provided to our local government agency will be used to cover the expense of debris removal from roads/right-of-ways and public properties. It is not anticipated that FEMA will provide any individual assistance for storm clean-up.
In Greenville, South Carolina it is reported that folks are taking the storm aftermath a little more in stride.
According to downtown resident Willy Senza, “Greenville’s beautiful but with a little bit of snow it’s pretty amazing. It adds a little bit of charm.”
Ed Brewer, pastor of Bountyland Baptist Church in Seneca, S.C., had a good line… he said
“My old mountain granny used to call this kind of snow “‘chigger dandruff’” referring to a common name for mites that are a pesky irritant in the South.
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“I didn’t know this was going to be in the same realm as Hugo,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said of the storm wreckage that resembled the hurricane that struck in 1989. “To look at these neighborhoods and see the trees down and on houses – to see all of the devastation that’s happened to this community – is terrible.”
A truck passes a downed tree blocking part of a road after a rare winter ice storm on February 12, 2014 in Summerville, South Carolina. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images) Richard Ellis Getty Images
Southern Disaster Recovery has been awarded EMERGENCY DEBRIS REMOVAL CONTRACTS for debris removal duties in four of the hardest hit counties of South Carolina. SDR will be working with Emergency Management officials in Williamsburg, Aiken, Barnwell and Riverdale counties. In South Carolina, the state Emergency Management Division estimates that the storm has created a million cubic yards of debris statewide. Officials are still evaluating damage and debris amounts.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission is trying to gauge how much damage the ice storm did to the state’s forests. According to Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins, aerial surveys are underway, and crews are getting “boots on the ground” assessments. But tabulation of the damage over multiple counties is going to take some time.
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President Barack Obama has declared South Carolina a disaster area at Governor Nikki Halley’s request.
Al McClaran and the Team at Southern Disaster Recovery are working with the state Emergency Management Division of South Carolina in 4 counties to clean up the debris from the damaging ice storms of last week. Teams from SDR will be working in Williamsburg, Aiken, Barnwell and Riverdale counties for the next three to four months to process the debris created in the wake of storm PAX on February 12, 2014.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley recently toured the landscape of Aiken, South Carolina. She said, “Aiken has been completely damaged, but what matters, is that people stay safe and help their neighbors.” Noting that Aiken is a city that takes prides in its stately trees she said “We can put up new trees. We can get the debris off the roads. It’s about lives and making sure we’re taking care of people.” As heavy as the damage was in Aiken, she said she knew it would be worse in Colleton County, where she toured parts of Walterboro. Rural areas of the state have fewer resources than Aiken, she said: “That’s the part that troubles me.”
Keller Kissam, president of SCE&G retail operations, said the storm had been as devastating to the utility’s infrastructure as Hurricane Hugo. It will be next week before most of Aiken County will be cleaned up and power restored, though some areas will take longer, he said.
One coastal South Carolina electric cooperative lost 50 poles in the ice storm, compared to 21 in the last hurricane, officials said.
In addition, forestry officials have said the storm caused more damage than a similar ice storm in 2004. That storm caused an estimated $96 million damage to the state’s timberlands.
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Southern Disaster Recovery will be a key player in the clean up effort of Aiken County South Carolina in the aftermath of the ice storms that ripped through the state. County officials gathered at a recent county council meeting have already begun to count losses due to the ice storms and all agreed there are some busy months ahead.
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