Public Relations Manager
City Crews Picking up Storm Debris
(Little Rock – January 11, 2013)
Storm debris from the Christmas Day Winter Event is being collected by Public Works crews six days a week in every ward. More than 1,700 tons of debris has been collected and brought to the Little Rock Landfill, where it will be turned into mulch.
Initially the City had asked residents to use the 311 system to report debris in order to help crews find the most concentrated areas of fallen trees, etc. Now those crews are being directed to conduct a systematic cleanup of the City. Citizens may still report storm debris via 311 and their request will be included in a continuously evolving list. However, its important to note that every street will eventually have its storm debris picked up, whether a 311 call has been made or not.
“The City of Little Rock expects to have a FEMA declaration signed any day now,” said City Manager Bruce Moore. “This will allow the City to hire independent contractors - through a bid process – to pick up storm debris as well. With many more feet on the ground, the speed of the clean up process will increase noticeably. I would like to personally thank all of the residents of Little Rock for their patience during this difficult time for our community.”
Public Works Operations crews remove storm debris piles from both sides of the street once cleanup begins on that street. If the storm debris at any address has objects which are too heavy to be removed by that particular crew, they will put that address on a schedule for a piece of large equipment to return at a later date to complete the cleanup.
Solid Waste crews are picking up trash and normal yard waste contained in bags or personal cans, These Solid Waste crews are also coordinating with Operations crews to assist in storm debris pick up.
Public Works also has two crews patching potholes and two more crews operating street sweepers.