Charleston County debris removal faces challenges

Charleston County debris removal faces challenges
October 18 17:46 2016 Print This Article

Neighborhood streets throughout the lowcountry are covered with storm debris from Hurricane Matthew. The debris makes walking, bike riding, and driving difficult.  Charleston County has contracted with Ashbritt Environmental.  It is a company that cleans up after disasters. The debris clearance crews are being paid from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds.

There are 15 large claw trucks currently picking up debris. People on the West Ashley United Chat Facebook page have commented that they have seen debris picked up at a few homes in their neighborhood and then the crews move on. Sean Smetana, Charleston County’s Public Information Officer, said this may be because the claw trucks cannot pick up debris near mail boxes, cable utility boxes, and low hanging trees.  Smaller trucks will be sent out to get the debris the large trucks can’t get.  There will be two clearances for each neighborhood.

Debris pick-up has been conducted in the Shadowmoss Plantation,  Hickory Hills, and Windermere neighborhoods along with parts of Bees Ferry Road, and Highway 61. The debris is taken to a drop off site in Mt. Pleasant and the Bees Ferry Landfill.  The CharlestonCounty.org website is updated daily with a list of areas where debris will be picked up daily; although, specific neighborhoods are not mentioned.  The website also has guidelines with a video for how to sort debris. The County’s phone number for debris pick up information is 843-202-7600.