With the concurrence of county officials, the first pass of picking up debris generated by Hurricane Michael in Seminole, Decatur and Mitchell counties was scheduled to be completed by December 22. In anticipation of the second pass, which starts December 30 in each county, residents should place remaining storm generated debris along the side of the roadway before the morning of the county’s scheduled start date.
Only two types of Hurricane Michael debris are eligible for collection: Vegetation debris – fallen limbs, fallen or uprooted trees and/or plants on residential property and construction and demolition debris – sheet metal, plywood, shingles, siding, fences, drywall, insulation.
Vegetation debris does not include agricultural vegetation, like trees or plants NOT on residential property and does not include Christmas trees.
Residents should separate debris into the two different categories as shown in the illustration. Residents who have debris in the right-of-way that has not been picked up after the second pass starts can contact the following county offices. In Seminole County call the County Manager at 229-309-3942. In Decatur County call the County Administrator at 229-248-3030 and in Mitchell County call the County Administrator at 229-336-2000
The mountains of debris continue to grow at Seminole County’s three collection sites, east of the airport and two sites off Highway 253 near Lake Seminole where eventually all debris will be ground into chips for permanent disposal. The amount of debris collected by Corps of Engineers contractors, through December 22 under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s debris mission assignment is staggering. More than 802,300 cubic yards have been pickled up in Seminole County, 738,300 cubic yards in Decatur County, 221,300 cubic yards in Miller County and 173,000 cubic yards in Mitchell County.
The Corps reminds motorists to remain vigilant in sharing the roads with these debris removal crews – which are out working from dawn to dusk. Be prepared to slow down, stop and consider the roadway as a one way road when you see the flagmen, lights and signs. Beginning December 30 crews will be out again from dawn until dusk.