Debris Cleanup Crews To Begin Final Sweep Next Week
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
Augusta officials are reporting that the first pass of debris pickup is 90% complete, but that is leaving a lot of homeowners with a lot of questions like when will crews be starting the next pass?
Homeowner Jonathan Shoffner has been wondering when the debris in his front yard is going to be removed.
"It's been about two, two and half weeks, since then and I haven't seen one truck come down this road looking to pick up this pile," Shoffner said.
Shoffner says when the crews first came to his home, they were unable to pick up the debris because GRU students were parked in front of his house.
"They parked right in front of the debris pile that is in front of my house. And the crews said they were going to come by in two weeks to pick it up and that I needed to keep the drivers away from the curb," Shoffner said.
And Shoffner isn't alone. There are plenty of other Augusta homeowners who also have debris in front of their homes, despite that fact that debris removal crews have already been to their neighborhoods.
"I'm not that only one out here in my area. I think I'm zoned for 1-D. There's still a lot of debris that needs to be picked up," Shoffner said.
So we went to city officials with questions from homeowners.
We talked with Interim Deputy Administrator Steve Cassell. We asked him, "homeowners are reporting that some of these crews are coming into communities and kind of picking and choosing debris piles and leaving some debris piles behind, and then saying, oh yeah, we're going to come back, and then they don't come back."
Cassell replied, "I've gotten some complaints like that, but we're not done. I can assure you they will be coming back."
City officials say the second pass will get started next week, which is good news for Shoffner.
"Anybody could drive by with a cigarette butt they could light this stuff on fire. It's a big debris pile," Shoffner said.
Again, if you still have debris that hasn't been picked up, crews will start the second pass next week. To make it easier on the crews, make sure there is nothing near the debris piles that would make it difficult to pick up.