County debris cleanup process in beginning stages
Aiken County officials say that their debris cleanup process has started.
Locations for wood debris including tree limbs, branches or brush from private property that resulted from the ice storm will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday at these locations:
• Roy Warner Park, 4287 Festival Trail Road, Wagener
• Boyd Pond Park, 373 Boyd Pond Road, Aiken
• Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Warrenville
Any furniture, deck wood, or building materials that were damaged due to the ice storm require proper disposal at the Barden Landfill, located at 411 Connector Road
in Graniteville, or the Wagener Landfill, at 1769 Wagener Trail Road.
The contractor, Southern Disaster Recovery, made its initial pass for debris pick-up on Monday, according to a press release.
The release further states that the County anticipates “an additional and final pass of the area to begin approximately three to four weeks later.”
Officials ask residents to keep those dates in mind as they complete cleanup from the recent ice storm.
A contract with the company was approved by Aiken County Council at its last meeting, held on Feb. 18.
The release adds that the company's vehicles are clearly marked with the Southern Disaster Recovery logo.
Residents may move their debris to the front of their property, as close as they can to the public road for collection. According to the press release, there is no size limitation for curbside debris.
To expedite the process, residents are asked to keep debris away from fire hydrants, valves and utility poles.
County officials have asked for patience as they work through this process.
As for statewide efforts, South Carolina Department of Transportation officials stated on Wednesday afternoon that they have 314 contract crews working in 17 counties, including Aiken, removing “leaner or hanger trees” and picking up debris from around state roads.
A total of 81,709 cubic yards of debris have been removed from across the state.
SCDOT officials added no Federal Emergency Management Agency declarations have been made at this time.
Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College.