City of Conway begins second sweep to pick up storm debris

Elm Street Conway Debris

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - It's been over a month since a winter storm swept through our area - knocking down trees and power lines. When you drive up and down the roads in Conway you may still see debris, but city workers say they're working overtime to clear out the roads, in the hope they'll have it done in the next few weeks.

"It was terrible it didn't look like an ice storm it looked like a tornado had gone through," says City of Conway operator Bruce Lilly.

A month later, city crews are still working hard to clean up the mess, especially on Elm Street, one of the hardest hit roads. The City of Conway says they've done a full sweep of the area and are now onto the second and final sweep.

City crews say each of the four dump trucks, runs all day long around the city and hauls about 12 loads a piece to the landfill, where it's turned to mulch. Crew members say they're hauling out anywhere from seventy to a hundred tons of debris a day and they expect to pick up the final debris in the next two to four weeks.

"When Hugo came it was worse, but other than that it's been nowhere near as worse," says Lilly. "Its been hectic it's been the same since we started, its gotten no lighter at all. The pile we have is getting a little smaller but they're hitting a bigger area now then its gonna start getting closer into town and the pile will grow back up on us again."

The City of Conway says they're still finalizing paperwork and could not provide WMBF News with the cost of the damage at this time.

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