City of Florence, Florence County planning for debris pickup

September 25, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The City of Florence and Florence County are making plans to collect the debris created by Hurricane Florence.

The worst of the storm went north and south of the city and county. However, the rains and the winds caused some tree branches and other debris to fall from trees. Also, some trees that were damaged by Hurricane Matthew might need to be removed.

Chuck Pope, the parks and recreation director of the city, said Monday that the city has three trucks, one of which is being used to remove the trees damaged in the storm, to collect debris piles in front of the homes of city residents.

Pope added that public needed to be patient with the city regarding the debris removal. Although the city has three trucks, three or four large debris piles can fill them, meaning it might take up to a month for the city to collect the debris piles.

Once the city collects debris, it brings it to the public works facilty near the airport where the debris is converted into mulch, saving the city from having to purchase as much mulch.

Pope also said that the city had a larger amount of debris to collect after Hurricane Matthew in 2016, so it was necessary to contract with an outside company to handle some of the debris. With the amount of debris in the city now, an outside company will not be necessary, he said.

Levi James, the public information officer for Florence County Emergency Management, said Monday that the county plans to offer debris drop-off convenience locations for residents to use when removing debris from their property. The convenience locations are planned to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

James added that damage assessments were ongoing Monday and the county might change its plans as a result of the damage located.

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