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City and county to begin storm debris pick up

The pick up of eligible storm debris from Hurricane Michael is not stopping; however, the campaign to eliminate the piles of the unsightly  reminders of Seminole County’s day of devastation is shifting gears. FEMA and the Corps of Engineers are winding down their efforts and the City of Donalsonville and Seminole County will be picking up where they leave off.

The City of Donalsonville Public Works Department will complete the debris removal process inside the city limits with the exception of state routes, and Seminole County officials will be bidding out and selecting a debris removal contractor for county debris removal. Details on the county’s removal efforts will be announced as soon as a removal contractor has been selected. Officials have been informed that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will be responsible for debris on state-rights-of-way.

As a part of the debris removal operations, the City of Donalsonville will have to separate eligible debris from ineligible debris for reimbursement purposes. All eligible debris pick up costs will continue to be paid for by FEMA and the State of Georgia. The city will begin picking up and processing the eligible vegetative debris when the county disposal sites have been turned back over to the city and county  by the Army Corps of Engineers, which should be within the next two weeks.

On Tuesday, February 12, the city began picking up vegetative debris not eligible for reimbursement.  Ineligible construction and demolition debris will be picked up after completion of the vegetative debris removal.  Commercial debris and any debris placed by private contractors will be the responsibility of the owners and contractors.

“In order for us to get reimbursed for eligible debris removal we will have to maintain separate operations to account for eligible vs. ineligible materials,” commented Donalsonville City Manager Steve Hicks.

Because of these requirements, residents are asked to be patient and understand that debris piles may be skipped during the process but in the end the goal is to remove all remaining debris piles and storm-related damaged materials.  Mixed debris piles will have to be separated by the residents before they can be picked up which may delay the process.

When the vegetative debris operations are substantially completed a final one-time pass through the city  will be scheduled to collect household items and other ineligible debris at no charge.  After that the city will go back to the normal policy for household items that require the property owner to dispose of the items or a charge will be assessed if the City has to pick it up.  In any case any work performed by contractors will be the responsibility of the contractor to remove.  No commercial debris will be picked up.


1. Do not combine vegetative debris with C&D materials and other items damaged by the storm.

2. Place debris as close to the road without getting the materials in the road.

3. If a contractor is hired to clean up a yard, repair a roof, or repair a residential structure or outbuilding, the contractor is responsible to remove and dispose of the materials..  Residents and/or volunteers may continue to place vegetative debris at the roadside.

if a contractor is hired to clean up a yard, repair a roof, or repair a residential structure or outbuilding, the contractor is responsible to remove and dispose of the materials.

4. The City will not pick up debris from commercial locations.

5. After the one-time pass by the City, household items and other non-storm related materials will be the responsibility of the property owner.  If it becomes necessary for the City to pick up those items, a charge will be assessed by the City.


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