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Columbia County Storm Debris Pickup- NEW INFORMATION

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Columbia County, GA - Columbia County Emergency Management Agency Director, Pam Tucker, is notifying the citizens of that county about storm debris removal. Please see the announcement below:

Important Information for Columbia County Residents Regarding the Tree and Limb Debris Pick Up:

·         The debris pick up process will take 45 days to complete.

·         Tree and limb debris piles will be picked up on all roads (public and private) along right of ways.  Those living in private subdivisions and on private roadways need to be sure that their debris is by the main roadway – not up private driveways.  (See public notice posted below regarding private roads.)

·         Heavy equipment and personnel are in the process of staging and setting up work zones as I type this message.  I cannot tell anyone at this time when they will be in your neighborhood or road.  Once the operation begins on the major arteries, we will start to get an idea of tracking the equipment and will provide as much information to you as possible.

·         Only trees and limbs will be picked up.  Piles that have other items (bags, construction materials, etc.) cannot be picked up and mixed in with the tree and limb debris, per monitoring requirements.

·         Residents should get your tree and limb debris out by the road (in your yard) as soon as possible, so yours is picked up when the loaders come through.

·         Small piles (that could fit in a garbage can) cannot be picked up.  Please dispose of these as your normally do routine yard waste.

·         Do NOT place your debris in the road.  This is creating driving hazards and also will cause storm drains to back up, causing flooding problems, when it rains and the debris is washed away.  Rain is in the forecast for this week.

·         Do NOT place any tree and limb debris in bags or other anything else.  The trees and limbs need to be bare.  Any bagged materials or materials other than trees and limbs will be left on your property.

·         Do NOT stack your pile of debris on anything, such as fencing, mailboxes or other items in your yard.  Your tree and limb piles need to stand alone so that it can be picked up by the loader. 

·         Please do not park vehicles in front of debris piles during the daytime hours until pick up has been made in your area.

The following notice will be printed in the Columbia County News Times on Sunday:


Columbia County’s Debris Management Contractor will be picking up tree and limb debris from the right of ways along private roads over the next 45 days.

Please contact the Columbia County EOC 706-868-3303 by Monday, March 3, 2014 if you an issue or concern with the contractor picking up debris along your private road right of way.

If anyone has any questions not answered above, please email us at

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