By Michaela Gibson Morris
City and county officials are asking people to separate debris as they clear damage from Monday’s tornado to aid in the removal.
The debris should be separated into six categories curbside out of the road and away from trees and other structures:
• Household garbage – discarded food, paper, packaging
• Construction debris – building materials, drywall, lumber, furniture, plumbing
• Vegetative debris – tree branches, leaves, logs, plants
• Hazardous waste – oil, batteries, pesticides, cleaning supplies,
• Large appliances – refrigerator, stoves, washers, dryers
• Electronics – televisions, computers, stereos, phones
City of Tupelo crews have begun to make rounds within the city to pick up vegetative debris, and the city will accept vegetative debris at its public work site on North Commerce Street this weekend only.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will have a hazardous debris drop off site at the Lee County Agricenter May 7-10.
The other debris will have to wait until a storm debris contractor is in place.
The process has already begun, and County Administrator Sean Thompson said they are seeking to expedite it.
Because of the disaster declarations, state and federal emergency funds will offset the majority of the cost, but the city and county will have to cover 12.5 percent of the costs.