Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crews Play Catch-Up on Cleanup from Storm

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crews Play Catch-Up on Cleanup from Storm

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One of the hardest-hit areas from a storm a month ago still has

tree limbs, logs and debris to be cleaned up.

Many residents of the Southside's Granada and Miramar

neighborhoods are still waiting for dozens of piles of storm

leftovers to be picked up by sanitation crews.

All along San Jose Boulevard, Hendricks Avenue and side

streets, limbs are stacked high and the sound of chain saws is

often heard.

"We have logs from the original storm still there," said

Elliott Adams, who lives on Alhambra Drive on the Southside.

"It's going to take a big truck to haul off this stuff. I still

hear saws daily. People are still taking down broken limbs and

cutting away debris to be picked up."

The debris is left over from the torrential May 27 storm that

took down hundreds of trees and power lines all over the city.

Winds up to 106 mph blew trees into homes, blocked roads and

scattered branches across lawns. Tree services are still cutting

up huge, windblown trees as residents cut the rest.

The Southside and Riverside-Avondale were two of the hardest-hit

areas. In both areas, residents are waiting for debris to be

collected from their lawns and driveways.

Jacksonville Waste Control is contracted by the city's solid

waste division to handle garbage and yard waste pickup in

Southside and Mandarin. The good news is that workers planned to

haul away as much of the remaining debris as they can by this

week, but at an overtime cost of $39,000. The bad news is that

some of the larger tree trunks and branches may still remain

curbside until the city solid waste department's larger

equipment can be employed to get them.

"When you have a storm that produces the kind of damage that we

witnessed, you can fill up a truck in about a block from 10 to

15 customers. We presented a plan to the city to have this stuff

recovered on an overtime basis within the month of July," said

DeWayne Igou, general manager of Jacksonville Waste Control. …

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