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Storm debris and yard waste removal schedules

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David Cook and Dean Rathburn have been friends for years. On Thursday, they came together to clear a massive tree from Rathburn's yard David Cook and Dean Rathburn have been friends for years. On Thursday, they came together to clear a massive tree from Rathburn's yard
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 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.

Southeastern, NC (WECT) – City and County crews across the area have already begun the process of clearing roadways. The next step for those crews will be disposing of storm debris left in the wake of this storm.

Below are city and county storm debris pick-up schedules.

Leland

The Town of Leland will be opening a debris drop-off site at 187 Old Lanvale Road from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. this Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 for its residents.

Curbside pick-up will not be offered.

City and county workers have been out cleaning up fallen debris and Duke Energy Progress crews have been working around the clock to restore power. But for some of the more rural areas, many folks are on their own. However, that didn't stop one family in Leland from rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done themselves.

David Cook and Dean Rathburn have been friends for years. On Thursday, they came together to clear a massive tree from Rathburn's yard – just the beginning of a long clean-up effort. There is so much work to do, they've even brought in re-enforcements to help get it done quicker. Rathburn's 12-year-old son, Joshua pitched in to do his part. Rathburn says this type of work is a lesson that his son will never learn in school.

"A lot of kids don't get this training. When I was coming up you lived off the land," said Rathburn. "Now, kids don't get that training but now when he gets a family he'll be set."

Cook and Rathburn say their job isn't done after today. They plan to spend the weekend cleaning debris from their neighbors' yards as well.

New Hanover County

New Hanover County Commissioners have approved the activation of the storm debris pick-up plan. Charles Smith with the county said a schedule of pick-up times will be released sometime Friday afternoon.

Pender County

Pender County is opening two collection sites for vegetative debris only. These sites will start collecting vegetative debris only Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 a.m. Collection crews will not pick up road site storm debris. The following sites will stop collection storm debris March 1.

Rocky Point

  • Location:  Rocky Point Convenience Center, 16232 NC 210 (at Cheshire Road)
  • Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat. 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Hampstead

  • Location: US 17 Adjacent to Topsail Greens Drive
  • Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Only vegetative debris (trees, branches, bushes) damaged by the most recent ice storm, and that comes from Pender County will be accepted at these sites. Debris not from Pender County or not related to the winter storm damage will not be accepted.

Private contractors collecting vegetative storm debris within Pender County will be able to use the sites to empty their loads. Residents of townships within Pender County who do not have a slide waste sticker must be able to show proof of residency or ownership.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris from the storm will not be accepted at the US 17 debris site.  Small pickup truck size loads of C&D can be taken by property owners to the Willard, Burgaw and Rocky Point convenience sites with valid Pender County Solid Waste Stickers without charge.  Large loads of C&D debris may be taken to the county transfer station in Hampstead for disposal.  The fee is $74 per ton.

The county has established a hotline for special unmet needs at 259-0126.  If you need assistance with debris removal, contact Pender County's hotline to request assistance.

Shallotte

City of Shallotte crews will begin picking up storm debris starting Monday Feb. 24. Shallotte residents are asked to move storm debris to the street right-of-way by Feb. 24. This pick up is limited to citizens and business owners within the city limits of Shallotte only.

The city is asking residents to try and keep limbs shorter than 6 feet in length and make debris accessible from the right-of-way. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Town Hall at (910) 754-4032.  Or visit the website at www.townofshallotte.org.

The storm debris pick-up service will last from Mon., Feb. 24 to Fri, March 14.

City of Whiteville

In Whiteville crews will begin working to pick up waste as soon as Friday. The schedule is as follows:

  • Solid Waste/Trash removal remains on schedule Mondays & Tuesdays through Waste Management
  • Recycling normally scheduled for February 12th will be removed from curbsides on Saturday, February 15th through Waste Management
  • Leaf and Limb normally removed from curbsides in 4 x 4 lengths does remain on schedule for Friday, February 14th through Waste Management
  • Storm debris: City employees will be provide special vegetative removal operations from the curbside over the next two to three weeks; citizens desiring this assistance must place vegetation, limbs or fallen trees at the curbside

If you have any questions regarding the above services call Public Works at (910) 642-3422. The City of Whiteville City Hall and Facilities will reopen for near normal operations on February 14, 2014. 

Wilmington

City of Wilmington crews cleared all major roadways Wednesday evening as of 5:00, according to the Police Department, and extra crews hit the pavement first thing Thursday morning.

According to Linda Rawley, a spokesperson for WPD, crews are checking all major roadways and will begin to clear smaller streets and respond to reports of downed trees that have been called in. The city has deployed extra crews Thursday morning to aid in the debris cleanup.

Rawley said the city's first priority is to respond to trees blocking major roadways. Then, they will focus on trees that have fallen on city property or rights-of-way.

According to the WPD, storm debris will be left by the roadside until solid waste crews can pick it up sometime next week, giving customers the opportunity to clean up over the weekend.

Crews will concentrate storm debris pickup on Friday in the following areas:

  • Sunset Park
  • Pine Valley
  • Love Grove
  • Creekwood
  • Maides Park
  • Park Avenue/Audubon

At this time, trash and recycling services are expected to run on a regular schedule.

Customers who normally have a Thursday pickup day are asked to put their carts out as soon as possible and leave them out until crews can get to them. Thursday customers who are scheduled to have recycling picked up this week are asked to put their carts out as well and leave them until crews can get to them.

As a reminder – please DO NOT call 911 to report downed trees, power lines or flooding.Instead, call 341-7852 to report trees or tree limbs blocking roadways within city limits; and call 341-4646 to report flooding or other stormwater issues within city limits.

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).

Here are some safety reminders:

  • The Wilmington Fire Department reminds everyone not to leave candles burning unattended. Also, never run a generator indoors. Never refuel a hot generator and allow generators to cool for at least 20 minutes.
  • The Wilmington Police Department reminds everyone that because of widespread power outages, traffic signals may be out at intersections. Intersections without signals are considered four-way stops. Travel is not encouraged, but anyone who must travel is asked to proceed with caution.

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