News12 at six o'clock/ Tuesday March 25, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The February ice storm only lasted a few days, but the clean up is taking weeks to complete.
Clean up crews are working around the clock to get the streets free of tree limbs before Masters Week. While the city is talking about a final sweep, some in South Augusta say no crews came through the first time around.
"I think we'll have majority of it cleaned up by Masters Week," said Administrator Tameka Allen.
In less than two weeks, thousands will be headed to the Garden City for Masters Week. Just five miles from Augusta National's gates, trees and limbs still litter the streets.
"They are running a little behind. I don't think everybody assessed the damage correctly in the first place. It was a shocker just how much it was," said Commissioner Grady Smith.
The initial assessment of storm debris was 250,000 cubic yards, but weeks later that number more than doubled. As crews make their final pass, this week some Commissioners are getting calls from people in south Augusta who say their area hasn't been serviced at all.
"Parts of my area in South Richmond County has not been picked up. There's some off skirt roads on Melba Drive and the center of McDave Road," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.
We found crews on Hephzibah McBean rRad still clearing downed trees. City leaders say on busy roads the crews need police escorts and that could partly be to blame for the delay.
"You have to give them a lot of credit for coming into a strange area and do what's been needed. They got zones and mapped out how they are going to do it," Smith said.