News 12 at 6 o'clock/ July 21, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga.--The ice from February's ice storm may be gone, but the damage left behind is easy to see. In fact, it's piled high in some places. If you're still waiting for the city to pick up storm debris though, you may want to make other plans.
Isaiah Gibbons got quite a bit of damage from the ice storm. It's taken him a while to clean it all up. He says, "This has been piled up and ready since I got a chainsaw to cut it up."
He says, after the ice storm, his yard looked like a tornado came through, with limbs everywhere. Gibbons wasn't alone, though. Everyone in Augusta seemed to have tree limbs to put on the pile. "
Interim Deputy City Administrator Steve Cassell says, " We were at about 730,000 cubic yards, which is about 6 Super Wal-Marts, so it was a lot of stuff. This was the equivalent of about a CAT 2 or 3 hurricane."
Gibbons finally got all of his limbs cut up and hauled to the curb a couple of months ago, where they're still sitting. He says, "Basically, we just piled it all up in one big pile. I didn't know it had to be piled up a specific way or something."
And his big piles aren't the only ones still left around town. Some are so tall, they block drivers' views on busy roads.
If you put your debris out by the curb after March 24th, the contractors hired to help with storm clean up were not guaranteed to get to it.
"If it wasn't out there by then, it was to fall under your normal solid waste contract," Cassel says.
That means now, you have to follow the guidelines. You can't have any pieces longer than 5 feet, and they'll only pick up piles that are smaller than 5 feet tall by 5 feet wide, and about 10 feet long.
If you've got a debris pile that needs to be picked up, the first step is to call Augusta 311 to let them know it's there. Believe it or not, the city wants you to move the big pile back to your yard, leaving only the 5 foot pile the city says it will pick up on your trash day.