Updated Aiken County Ice Storm Related Debris Pickup Information - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Updated Aiken County Ice Storm Related Debris Pickup Information

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***UPDATED at 5:19 P.M. on Thursday, March 6th***

Aiken County started the process of storm debris clean up on Monday, February 24th. This process will continue for the next several weeks. Twenty-eight zones have been established throughout the county for debris pickup. Southern Disaster Recovery (SDR), Aiken County's contractor, will be moving throughout the county using multiple crews, at the same time, to ensure an efficient clean-up of the county. While SDR will be providing clean-up of county owned  roads, please note that private driveways are not included in this pick-up process.

If you did not get your ice-storm related tree debris and vegetation to the roadway before the crews made their first pass, they will be making a second pass. This second pick-up will occur approximately two to three weeks out. It is important that all ice storm related debris be brought to your road frontage for collection in this time frame.

There are several things to remember when placing vegetation and limbs next to the roadway:

  • Do not place debris in the road or travelway.
  • Place the limbs such that they will not scrape a passing car or block a ditch or drainage box.
  • Do not place debris near adjacent mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters, cable boxes, etc.
  • Be respectful of passing vehicles and potentially blocking the visibility at driveways.
  • Do not put debris in trash or refuse bags.
  • Do not put damaged lawn furniture or building materials out for collection.  These materials require separate processing and proper disposal at a landfill.

Aiken County will be closing their three established storm debris drop off sites after Saturday, March 15th.
Boyd Pond Park – 373 Boyd Pond Rd. Aiken, SC 29803
Harrison Carver Park – 4181 Augusta Rd.(Hwy 421) Warrenville, SC 29851
Roy Warner Park – 4287 Festival Trail Rd. Wagener, SC 29164

With this deadline coming-up, it is important than that citizens bring their storm debris to these collection sites or move it to the roadway.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has already conducted a preliminary damage assessment throughout Aiken County. Any funds that are provided to our local government agency will be used to cover the expense of debris removal from roads/right-of-ways and public properties. It is not anticipated that FEMA will provide any individual assistance for storm clean-up.

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***POSTED at 4:59 P.M. on Wednesday, February 26th***

We have some new information on how Aiken County residents can prepare to have storm debris picked up.

Residents may begin placing storm-related debris at the street for curbside pickup. They may expedite the cleanup process by keeping debris away from fire hydrants, valves, and utility poles.

The contractor picking up storm-related debris from the curbside is Southern Disaster Recovery and the company's trucks are clearly marked with their logo. Their initial pass for debris pickup on County roads began on Monday.

The company will be concentrating their efforts on County-maintained roads. The South Carolina Department of Transportation will be contracting for debris removal from State roads.

Aiken County officials anticipate an additional and final pass of the area to begin approximately 3 to 4 weeks later. Keep these dates in mind as you complete clean up from the recent ice storm event.

In an effort to make storm-related debris clean up easier for Aiken County residents, there is no size limitation placed on curbside debris. Debris should be placed at the curbside or at the edge of the right-of-way as large as is manageable for residents.

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