Where will the storm debris go?

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - With all of the storms we have had this week, there have been a lot of trees that have either fallen over or dropped their limbs.

Many have started the clean up and have wondered how to handle all the debris.

Alphonzo Taft is a citizen in Jonesboro and said, "Well, we just dragging it on the curb right now.  We was told the city is supposed to come by and get it."

The city said they started picking up debris Thursday at 3 o'clock, just hours after the storm hit, but as they made their way across town it was becoming clear, it will take some time to get everything cleared up.

Director of Jonesboro Sanitation, Donny Gibson said, "I'm going to say that it is going to take us 2 to 3 months to get it cleaned up, possibly. We start it in the areas of Monday and Tuesday routes we'll work our way around, but we're trying to get the roads clear where we have everything blocked at this time."

Before the city can even make it to your debris there are a few things you will have to do before you can get it picked up.

Donny Gibson said, "Keep it away from power lines, and mail boxes, and phone boxes, if they get it to the road within 10 feet we can pick it up."

When the city makes it to your debris pile you will need to make sure it has been trimmed down as well.

Route Supervisor for Jonesboro Sanitation, Ronny Stanback said, "It needs to be at least 12-10 feet long, that's the most we can handle at the incinerator, and 12 inches in diameter.  We are not able to take stumps at the incinerator so we will have to try to get dispose of the stumps when we get the burn pit permit, so that's the only time we will be able to pick up the stumps or they would have to sit there until we can get to them."

If you have a business or church that is trying to clear debris the sanitation department says instead of putting it on the curb, you will need to take debris to Lacey Road, and as we move through the next couple months they ask for patience as they try to gather up all of the debris across town.

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