By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
What used to be the site of Augusta sporting events has now become the dumping grounds for Augusta's storm debris.
"It looks like everybody's yards here in Augusta is out here. It's a mess," Augusta Homeowner Tom Dirksen said.
Eisenhower Park is louder than usual because of dump trucks and excavators. City crews and contractors are working around the clock to unload tree limbs... but they aren't the only ones. Dirksen and his wife have been bring their storm debris there as well.
"We want to get rid of it. It's a mess. It looks terrible. Who knows how long it will take? They'll be done by Masters, but we don't want to wait that long," Dirksen said.
And that's exactly what a lot of other homeowners are doing as well. Storm debris is still sitting in front of homes across the Augusta area, so some people are removing the debris themselves. If not that, they are calling professionals for help.
"Exactly. If they want to wait on the city that's fine, if they want to hire a private, professional contractor, of course, we like that approach, but it's going to cost them a little bit of money," Bill Harley said.
And if you still have debris in your front yard and you don't want to wait on the city to clean it up, you can load up your truck and bring it to the site at Eisenhower Park, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Even though it's a lot of work, Dirksen is just happy to have a place to bring the storm debris.
"It's a wonderful place to be able to clean up your yard and dump the waste, I'm glad they are doing it," Dirksen said.
If you live in National Hills, there will be a lot of large trucks and equipment traveling in and out of the neighborhood, so use caution as you're driving.