Ice Storm Cleanup Completes Phase 1

March 11, 2003
Posted at: 10:33 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, Ark. -- It's been three months since the ice storm of early December left its mark, leaving behind scattered branches and limbs throughout the area. Now, the debris has almost disappeared from Jonesboro.

For over a month now the James Construction Company has been hard at work, picking up debris throughout the city of Jonesboro.

"(Workers) have been averaging about four-thousand cubic yards a day," said Steve Tippit of the Jonesboro Street Department. "So their probably about 95% done with the first sweep, so their starting over, and it will probably be about a week, week and a half before they're completed."

The next step in the process will be for crews to go over the city once again. The city and James Construction have the second phase clean-up area mapped out.

"Bounded on the south by Parker Road, on the north by Oak Street, on the west by Culberhouse and all the way back east to the city limits," said Larry Johnson, assistant to the mayor.

According to Johnson, the bill for the cleanup won't be finalized until Jonesboro is clean enough to meet the city's requirements.

"If everything goes alright, they'll be working seven days a week from six-thirty to six-thirty," Tippit said. "And trying to hurry up and get everything out of the roads and make the city look better."

In order to make the debris disappear quicker, Tippit says that residents should know the following about the debris pick-up effort: "Federal law requires it to be picked up off of public right-a-way, they can't go on private property and pick up the materials."

In order to save tax dollars, residents should place only storm debris on the curb for pickup. Any other debris should be placed in a separte pile to be picked up by the city. If citizens comply, then Jonesboro is expected to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for eighty-seven percent of the clean-up costs.