Three Aiken County debris collection sites will close at the end of the day on Saturday due to storm debris drop-off slowing down dramatically this past week, according to Aiken County officials.
Since Feb. 24, crews have been collecting storm debris in the 28 zones established in the county. At the same time, the County's contractor, Southern Disaster Recovery, has had multiple crews working to clear County-owned roads.
Southern Disaster Recovery's second pass soon second pass through to collect debris will occur in two to three weeks.
Private driveways are not included in the pickup process.
Officials ask that when placing tree limbs and other vegetation next to the roadway, that it not block the roads or travel lanes. Limbs should not scrape cars or block a drainage box, limbs should not be placed next to any adjacent structure and debris should not be put in trash or refuse bags.
Any damaged lawn furniture or building materials will not be picked up. Such debris requires a separate process for proper disposal.
County Administrator Clay Killian said officials have received various calls as to whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, will reimburse individuals.
“We don't see any individuals being reimbursed from this storm,” Killian said. “The situation isn't dire enough. Usually you only see that if there's widespread destruction of homes or businesses and insurance can't pick up the whole thing, like in Katrina or Sandy.”
Until the Saturday drop-off expiration date, any wood debris including branches, limbs and brush from private property that resulted from the ice storm will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday at Roy Warner Park, 4287 Festival Trail Road in Wagener; Boyd Pond Road, 373 Boyd Pond Road in Aiken; and Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road in Warrenville.
“We ask that everyone still be patient,” Killian said. “We're coming at it as hard as we can.”
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.