CHARLOTTE -Hours after a tornado affected parts of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties March 3, the N.C. Department of Transportation had maintenance crews on the ground to start cleanup efforts. Residents along Reedy Creek Road, The Plaza Road Extension, and in the Steeple Chase neighborhood on Harrisburg Road were directly affected by the storm. While the Department has routinely made runs to these areas to remove storm debris, the need for help has grown, prompting maintenance forces to extend cleanup efforts through Friday, April 20.
As crews continue cleanup efforts, 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 collect vegetation debris such as trees and limbs, as well as building materials, but they must be separated;
- Property owners are asked to cut storm-related debris into five- or six-foot pieces, if possible, and place it along the roadway, but out of the travel lanes;
- Major appliances, household hazardous materials such as paint, propane tanks, etc., and other similar materials will not be collected. It is recommended that property owners contact their county emergency management office regarding how to dispose of those items.