Storm debris collection is underway throughout Nassau County and it is expected to be several weeks before all of the yard waste and storm debris generated by Hurricane Irma is picked-up and hauled away.
Rex Lester, the maintenance manager for the City of Fernandina Beach, called it a “massive” effort. By phone Monday, he said there are several large trees to be removed from local roadways as well as huge piles of debris to collect.
“It’s a massive effort,” he said. “It’s too massive for us to do.”
The city has contracted with DRC Emergency Services and the company started work Monday, he said, with four trucks and two pieces of heavy equipment.
Mr. Lester said the debris will be taken to a dump site near the entrance to Crane Island beyond the ball fields at the end of Bailey Rd. He said the city hopes to have the work completed in 30 days.
By Mr. Lester’s estimation, Hurricane Irma generated less debris than Hurricane Matthew did when it arrived in Fernandina last October as a tropical storm.
“We took away 10,000 tons of debris for Matthew,” he said. “This looks to be less than that.”
Costs have not yet been determined, he said.
In Nassau County, where debris is being collected by Crowder Gulf, collections started Monday and will continue from dawn to dusk every day, including weekends, until all of the debris has been picked-up, according to the County Manager’s office.
The cost has not been determined.
“No, not at this time,” said Assistant County Manager Justin Stankiewicz, who is also the budget director. “The contractor is still trying to see how many cubic yards of debris the County experienced.”
The County Insider, the board’s news and information service posted online at www.nassaucountyfl.com, said debris will only be picked-up from the county right-of-way. Posted guidelines for collections said:
- Per FEMA INSTRUCTIONS, paper or plastic bags left at the curb will not be picked up and may prevent the contractor from picking up any debris left at the site.
- Bagged debris or debris in the containers will not be picked up.
- Large limbs and logs may require additional equipment, therefore, this type of debris may be left behind on the first pass.
- Separate yard debris such as limbs, leaves and logs from construction/demolition debris and place in two separate piles. Failure to do so will prevent the contractor from picking up any debris at the site as these types of debris are taken to different collection sites.
- Appliances and furniture will not be picked up.
- Household hazardous waste such as paint cans, batteries and electronics will not be picked up.
Debris Collection on State Roadways There are state roads throughout the county and city, including SR 200/A1A, 8th St., Atlantic Ave., and S. Fletcher Ave. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation said by email Monday that he has not yet seen the schedule for debris pick-up.