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As residents of Cairo clean up from the tornado that struck the city Sunday night, officials are offering reminders concerning storm debris.
City officials say that storm debris must be cut into sections not larger than seven feet in order for Taylor Waste Services to be able to pick it up.
Cairo city manager Chris Addleton said the requirement to separate the storm debris will not be enforced. Storm debris must be placed at the roadside in order for the city to pick it up.
“There is too much other stuff like wire, tin, and aluminum out there. We are just going to put this all in the commercial and demolition cell at the landfill and not plan to chip up any of it,” Addleton said.
However, if residents need an extra rollout container to use if they need to empty their refrigerators or freezers, they can request one by calling, 229-377-6301. Food waste should not be placed on the roadside unless it is inside a rollout container, according to Chris Taylor of Taylor Waste.
Regular household garbage collection in the storm ravaged southeast and southwest section of the city will be conducted Thursday and Friday, which is the regular schedule.
However, the city manager says that is contingent on the trash truck being able to reach all residences.
Rollout cans must be placed by the road, but as far away from debris piles as possible, according to city officials.
“The Georgia Department of Transportation sent in crews to pick up debris Monday and Taylor Waste will begin Wednesday (March 6),” the city manager said.
“It’s going to take time to get cleaned up and back to normal. We just ask city residents to be patient as we work through storm recovery,” Addleton said.
The city manager said that temporary road closures would continue in areas of the city where utility work is underway. Motorists are asked to observe barricades and road closures.
City fire officials ask that people refrain from any outside burning as the cleanup continues, stating their fears that they could not get their equipment to a fire that got out of control in a timely manner. They ask that anyone outside the disaster area to limit their burning to what can be burned in a burn barrel.