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Athens disposes of storm-related debris

Limestone County was hit hard during the severe storms in April. Limestone County was hit hard during the severe storms in April.

The City of Athens Public Works Department has estimated it will dispose of 75,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris at two dump sites following the destructive storms in April.

Public Works Director James Rich said city crews had picked up about 40 percent of vegetative debris Friday afternoon. Part of the debris was sent a southern site, and part of it was sent to a northern site.

"I estimate we have three times the amount of debris in the city than we had during the 2011 tornado outbreak," said Mayor Ronnie Marks.

Authorities said crews will concentrate on vegetative debris routes in May. Weather permitting, officials said the first pass should be done by May 17 and the second pass will begin on May 19 in the 7th Avenue area.

Street Department Superintendent Dolph Bradford said drivers should avoid disaster areas, which are mainly west of downtown between Elm and Market Streets, as well as the area northeast of downtown around McLellan and Elkton Streets.

Crews will have to shut down roads in heavy debris areas such as Hine, Elkton and Market Streets. Bradford said residents should be prepared for road closures, but crews will accommodate school traffic times.

Residents should separate vegetation from bulk trash items, move trees and limbs to the right-of-way as soon as they can, not put debris in streets or ditches and makes sure contractors haul off debris related to their job.

Authorities said bulk trash services will resume as soon as it is practical. There is still a four cubic yards weekly limit, and a charge will be added for bulk trash exceeding this limit.

Athens Utilities estimated the storm-related recovery costs to be at $3.2 million.

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