Outlying CSRA Counties Still Working To Remove Storm Debris
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Allendale County, SC -
Several outlying counties in the CSRA are still working to cleanup debris from the ice storm. A lot of those counties have hired debris management companies from outside the area, but in Allendale County, a South Carolina based company is working to cleanup storm debris.
"Bamberg County and Allendale County, with the bucket truck cuts, we are about 95% done in both counties. Hauling, we are probably about 50% to 60% done," Carolina Contracting Solutions Project Manager Henry Scharber said.
And just because the cost of cleanup in Augusta is expected to be more than $15 million, that doesn't mean the smaller counties didn't get hit by the ice storm.
"It was hit hard, but it was a little lighter. Bamberg County actually has a little bit more than Allendale County when it comes to total number of hazardous hangers and leaners, and then cubic yards picked up," Scharber said.
Throughout Allendale County, there are dozens of companies from out of the state working to cleanup tree limbs, but the company managing those companies is local.
"Bamberg. I live in Bamberg, South Carolina. We are the local contractor. We have Bamberg and Allendale. We have hired a lot of outside contractors, but we get to manage them from the local aspect," Scharber said.
And Scharber says that's a good thing because he is able to talk the outside companies into hiring locals and buying from locals. Scharber says his company, Carolina Contracting Solutions, is already working with 3 local trucks.
"But then all the rest of the bucket trucks usually come with crews, but when they need flaggers or help, that's when the local citizens get work. And then, of course, the monitoring company, that's all local citizens. There is only probably 2 or 3 percent from those companies that is from out of state. The rest is local people," Scharber said.
We checked in with other outlying counties about the status of debris removal.
McDuffie, Burke, and Jefferson counties say are still working on debris pickup.
Lincoln and Edgefield counties are leaving debris cleanup to citizens.
And Barnwell County just got started cleaning up on county roads.