Hurricane Matthew debris pick begins in Pender County

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PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management has announced countywide storm vegetative debris pick-up has started.

The collection of vegetative debris left by the storm began today, Wednesday, Nov. 2. Tom Collins, Pender County emergency manager said residents should place leaves, branches and tree limbs along the side of the state right-of-way. The North Carolina Department of Transportation will make just one vegetative debris pick-up.

“The DOT crews will make only one pass through the county’s state highways,” Collins said. “The crews will start on the western side of the county and work eastward.”

To expedite the process, tree trunks and limbs should not exceed 16-ft. in length. If unable to ready your debris in time of pick-up, there is an alternative.

“Residents have the option of dropping off their own vegetative storm debris at the collection site, located at 3737 NC Hwy 53,” Collins said. “The site is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

Pender County has contracted with Disaster Recovery Construction to collect storm-related construction and demolition debris.  The collection of construction and demolition debris will begin Thursday, Nov. 3 and will continue until all debris is collected.

Demolition and construction debris should to be placed in along the edge of the state right-of-way. Contractors are not permitted to enter private property or private roads for debris pick-up. Residents living in private subdivisions with private roadways must take their debris to the connecting edge of the state road right-of-way.

“We want to thank the citizens of Pender County for their patience,” Collins said. “Hurricane Matthew left us with significant events to clean up – vegetative debris from the high winds, debris from flooding along the Northeast Cape Fear River and the debris from the Black River Basin.”

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page and on its website. Anyone in need of assistance can call the Emergency Management office at 910-259-1210.