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County Works To Clear Tree Debris
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Debris Cleanup

After the worst ice storm in recent memory ended last month, thousands of downed trees continue to litter roadways in Dawson County.

County Manger, Cindy Campbell, said public works crews have cleared 12 roads and have three more planned for clean-up.

Eight-five to 90 percent of the countys roads were effected by the storm, Campbell said Monday. County crews began working with storm debris immediately, and with help from DNR (Department of Natural Resources), we had 100 percent access to all roads within 24-hours.

Dawson County was one of 15 counties declared a state of emergency by Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday, Feb. 16.

Three Atlanta television stations reported Dawson was the worst hit.

Approximately five miles of roadway is being cleared daily, Campbell said. Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the condition of each road.

According to Campbell, the following roads have been cleared: Cowart, War Hill Park, Hammond Hester, Hobart Styles, Holcomb, Mulkey, Roscoe Collette, Hubbardsville Circle, Fairfax Court, Biddys Lane, Leila Lane, and Helens Drive.

Scheduled for learning are: Kelly Bridge Road and roads connecting to it, AT Moore, and Thompson Road.

If anyone has tree debris on their roads that is not listed, they should dial 3-1-1, Campbell said. The line is answered by a live person during business hours and they can place a work order. After hours, a work order can be placed on line.

Complete clean-up of all roads could take up to three-and-a-half months.

The county expects to make a decision this week whether to hire contractors to assist them.

GEMA certified contractors in Florida and Alabama would be contacted first, and they contact local vendors.

Local vendors are pulled from a list of qualified contractors, she said.

Paying for clean-up is likely to be taxpayer funded.

Its unlikely were going to get any state financial assistance, Campbell said.

GDOT does not provide financial assistance to counties for storm clean-up, according to Public Works Director David Headley.

The county has money set aside in a contingency fund to pay for clean-up.

If there isnt enough, we will pull from the general fund, Campbell said.

County equipment available for clean-up includes: three dump trucks, one front end loader, two chippers with 18 feeds (one rented, one owned), two bobcats with front grippers (one rented), and nine personnel with chainsaws.