DOT continues storm debris collection

Published 7:19 pm Friday, May 20, 2011

The massive clean-up effort continues following a series of storms on April 16 that spawned several tornadoes.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is working closely with Hertford County officials to efficiently remove debris left behind after severe weather pummeled the area last month.

NCDOT crews will continue collecting debris from along the following state-maintained roads in seriously damaged parts of the county:

N.C. 45;

Christian Harbor Road;

Cullen Road;

Swains Mill Road;

Quebec Road;

Evanstown Road;

Baker Road;

Joyner Road; and

Bakertown Road.

The second cycle of debris removal runs through Saturday, May, 28. The third and final cycle begins Monday, May 31 and ends on Friday, June 10.

Keep these tips in mind while collecting debris for removal:  

Check your homeowners insurance as often debris cleanup is covered by insurance and arrangements for its collection will be handled by the insurance company.

NCDOT will collect vegetation debris such as trees and limbs, as well as building materials, but they must be separated.

Property owners are asked to cut storm-related debris into five- or six-foot pieces, if possible, and place it along the roadway, but out of travel lanes.

Major appliances, household hazardous materials such as paint, propane tanks, etc., and other similar materials will not be collected. It is recommended that property owners contact their county emergency management office regarding how to dispose of those items. Furniture will, however, be accepted.