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Lee County to begin the second pass of Irma Hurricane debris removal Nov. 13

By Staff | Nov 3, 2017

Lee County will begin its second pass of Hurricane Irma debris removal beginning Monday, Nov. 13. Residents are encouraged to use this weekend and next weekend to put all hurricane-related debris at the curb. The second pass will be the final opportunity for hurricane debris pickup.

The second and final pass will be for both C&D (construction & demolition) and horticulture. Lee County anticipates the second pass to be completed during December 2017.

Residents should continue to keep piles of C&D, such as roofing materials or damaged fencing, separate from horticulture. This will allow the haulers to remove as much debris as possible and in an efficient manner. Please refer to Lee County’s Irma web page at www.leegov.com/Irma for specific instructions on how to properly separate debris.

Residents also may have tree stumps that were not removed during the first pass. Stumps that have been removed from the ground and placed at the curb and are 24 inches in diameter or smaller, will be collected as regular debris. Stumps that are larger than 24 inches in diameter must be documented and due to the size, may require different equipment for removal. These stumps may be left during the normal collection schedule and will be picked up when the proper equipment is available for removal.

Residents may continue to use the public drop-off sites for storm related debris. For more information regarding those public drop off sites, please visit leegov.com/Irma. This enhanced website was created to help residents garner up-to-date post-Irma information on topics including storm debris, parks, libraries, public transportation, FEMA, and permits for recovery repairs. There is an interactive map showing where debris crews are working. The map also viewable on mobile phones is updated to show the next planned area where trucks will arrive. The site also features daily updates showing the volume of debris collected.

Before hurricane season started, the county pre-selected Crowder-Gulf Joint Venture through a competitive bidding process, and the Lee Board of County Commissioners approved a contract with the debris-hauling company. The county is utilizing all of its available equipment to further debris removal. Debris clean-up costs will be partially reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.