Local leaders are working toward a solution to clean up the mass amounts of storm debris in nearly every part of the county.
A meeting was held Monday morning between officials with the Limestone County EMA and officials with Limestone County and the city of Athens to discuss how the debris was going to be picked up.
Limestone County Engineer Richard Sanders said homeowners who have insurance should first contact their insurance companies about debris removal. Residents who have debris removal coverage must have contractors remove and dispose of debris and not leave it on county rights-of-way.
Residents who have vegetative debris such as shrubs or tree limbs that can be moved by hand can deposit those items on the right-of-way to be picked up by the county. A press release from the EMA asked homeowners not to block fire hydrants, drainage ditches or mailboxes with debris. Building materials that must be moved with machines or by a contractor should not be moved to a right-of-way.
Lastly, the EMA also asks homeowners to properly dispose of large appliances and household hazardous waste including paints, bleach, pesticides and harsh cleaners.