Aiken County residents may have to sit tight for a while before their storm debris is all picked up.
- Citizens Park, off Old Powderhouse Road. To access this drop off location, residents should use the Old Airport Road entrance. The location is only open during daylight hours.
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
Until 5 p.m. today, any wood debris, including branches, limbs and brush from private property that resulted from the ice storm will be accepted at:
- Roy Warner Park, 4287 Festival Trail Road in Wagener
- Boyd Pond Road, 373 Boyd Pond Road in Aiken
- Harrison-Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road in Warrenville.
County and City drop off sites:
The Associated Press reported it could be June before all debris from last month's winter storm Pax is picked up from roads and highways across the state.
As of 3/13/14
-Crosland Park and Northside (extra crew added)
-The Villas and Reflections in Houndslake
-Two Notch Road
-Hopelands Gardens cleanup will begin Monday
- NOTE: Rye Patch debris removal has been completed. The facility is available for rental beginning Saturday, March 15.
Information is subject to chance due to weather or other conditions
- According to the City of Aiken website (www.cityofaikensc.gov.)
City of Aiken debris schedule:
City crews are more than halfway done through their first of three passes through the City, according to City Manager Richard Pearce. County crews already picked up a little more than 35 percent of roadside debris thus far, according to County Public Works Director John Dyches.
Since Feb. 24, crews collected storm debris in 28 zones established in the county.
The County's contractor, Southern Disaster Recovery, has had multiple crews working to clear County-owned roads.
“With their manpower, there's actually over 175 people who are performing this work,” Dyches said. “Good thing about (the help from Southern Disaster's Recovery) is that it monitors tracking and helps us capture where the material is coming from. We also have about 75 local people, which is a good thing.”
Southern Disaster's Recovery is still working through its first pass – cutting down hangers piled in the right-of-way.
County Administrator Clay Killian said the County will spend between $8 and $10 million for overall cleanup, but will get a 75 percent reimbursement from the Federal Management Emergency Agency, or FEMA.
The state will pick up the remaining 25 percent of the cost to cover recovery and emergency operations, after the White House approved Gov. Nikki Haley's request for federal disaster relief for 21 out of 46 counties on Wednesday.
The aid covers public entities, but will not cover individual claims made by homeowners.
Next week, FEMA officials will arrive and stay in South Carolina six months to a year. Before the County receives aid, Killian said there are a lot of applications to fill out.
“You have to fill out the paperwork first to be eligible for the funds,” Killian said. “The funds are for public entities and public service districts, also certainly nonprofits. Just no individual residents. It's for public damages and cleanup we're taking ... It's just hard to give a timeline on pickup.”
In a press release issued on Friday afternoon for residential properties affected by ice storm damage, the S.C. Department of Transportation asks that individuals in Aiken County with property along state maintained roads, move all tree debris caused by the ice storm to the state maintained right-of-way by no later than March 24 for pickup.
Roads maintained by municipalities, counties and subdivisions are not affected.
Debris collected will only include vegetative debris caused by ice storm damage. This includes only debris from improved residential property with a dwelling and excludes debris from unimproved lots without a residence.
The SCDOT will perform a final debris pickup on the right-of-way state maintained roads shortly after March 24, according to the press release.
Pearce said he stresses to residents to not put their debris in black plastic bags.
“That debris needs to be collected and disposed of properly,” Pearce said. “Also we stress that residents just put out pine cones, tree limbs and branches.”
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard.