Debris removal operation complete on Georgetown county-maintained roadways

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - Debris removal work resulting from Winter Storm Pax was completed on Georgetown County-maintained roads late this week.

During a process that lasted nearly two months, the contractor hired by the county for the work picked up more than 118,000 cubic yards of vegetative waste and cut nearly 20,000 dangerous limbs left hanging in trees after the storm.

These totals are about three times what was predicted during the original damage assessment in February.

The county's landfill, located on Highway 51, also returned to normal operations this week and all usual fees have been reinstated. Community recycling centers located throughout the county returned to normal operations last month.

Debris pickup along state-maintained roadways in Georgetown County continues and is being conducted by a contractor employed by the S.C. Department of Transportation. The department has not issued a schedule for collection on roads still needing cleanup, but officials with the department have offered assurances that vegetative storm-related debris already piled in the right-of-way on state-owned roads will be collected.

Residents are advised to stop putting debris in the right-of-way on county-maintained roads now that collection by the county's contractor is complete.

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