Counties include Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones and Pitt
RALEIGH - Crews contracted through the N.C. Department of Transportation have been removing debris in counties affected by Hurricane Irene since early September. The department is asking residents in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones and Pitt counties to have all storm debris to the road by Monday, Oct. 24 as crews conduct their final round of debris removal. Crews will be picking up debris on state maintained roads only.
So far crews have picked up 26,781 tons of debris, the equivalent of 394 army tanks, in these six counties.
In order to make pickup quick and efficient, residents are asked to place debris along the side of the road as soon as possible. Do not place debris in travel lanes or in areas where it will block drainage or reduce visibility for motorists and pedestrians.
NCDOT asks residents to be patient while crews make their way through counties, and to be alert for large equipment in the road that is used to clear debris.
Please keep the following in mind while collecting debris for removal:
- Check your homeowners insurance as often debris cleanup is covered by insurance and arrangements for its collection will be handled by the insurance company;
- NCDOT will only collect vegetation debris such as trees and limbs; and
- Property owners are asked to cut storm-related vegetation debris into five- or six-foot pieces, if possible.