Tupelo debris effort still in full force

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town_tupelo_greenBy Robbie Ward

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Debris pickup in unincorporated Lee County related to the tornado six weeks ago will wind down this week and next, while the effort in Tupelo remains in full force.

Private contractors removing debris in Lee County will begin the final round of pickup this week, beginning with the easternmost roads just past Eggville. County debris removal will end in three sections, beginning with impacted areas farthest east from Tupelo.

“Residents need to do all that they can to get debris out there by then,” Lee County Administrator Sean Thompson said. “We’re operating like those will be the last times available to get debris picked up.”

Final pickup doesn’t include large stumps, which could be removed later, Thompson said.

To date, about 56,000-cubic-yards of debris have been removed from unincorporated Lee County.

• The final round of debris pickup starts Tuesday through Thursday at Lee County Roads 1409 and 1389 in the west to CR 1543.

• The next phase will run Tuesday until Thursday for areas beginning west at CR 955 to CR 1766 (south of CR 1469). These areas will have pickups from Thursday to Sunday. This area includes Auburn Place and public roads in Lake Piomingo.

• Unincorporated areas closest to Tupelo, including Jean Circle, Angle Drive and Woodbridge Drive, will have final debris pickup June 16-18.

Lee County, Tupelo and other local governments impacted by April 28 tornadoes have requested permission from the federal government to pick up debris on private property not included in right-of-ways but haven’t received a decision.

As for Tupelo’s debris removal, more than 186,000 cubic yards had been removed by Saturday. Current estimates have more than 114,000 cubic yards of debris remaining for pickup in the city, where 18 crews currently work daily.