BROOKSVILLE — For Hernando County homeowners tired of looking at the piles of storm debris in their yards a month after Hurricane Irma ripped through the area, officials have stepped in with additional help.
The county has hired a second hauler, Tag Grinding, to expedite the work. The company began this week and is focused on collecting storm debris on the west side of the Suncoast Parkway.
More than 19,000 cubic yards of debris have already been picked up by the initial hauler, Grubbs Emergency Services, since the process began in mid September. Grubbs will continue to work on the east side of the Suncoast Parkway. The haulers are scheduled to conduct two sweeps countywide, which will still take a few weeks to complete.
Residents are asked to separate vegetative debris from other construction and demolition debris and place it in front of their property along the roadway. County officials say that debris should not be placed in the roadway or in front of mailboxes or fire hydrants.
Recently, the County Commission also approved removing debris on private roadways, with approvals and releases from community associations that represent those neighborhoods.
Countywide collection of storm debris on public roads started on the east side of the county, where damage was the worst. Crews have been working their way west. The last pickup on the east side will happen in a few weeks to give residents who had damage from the flooding on the Withlacoochee River time to haul out their storm debris, said Scott Harper, the county's solid waste services manager.
People with questions about storm debris may contact Harper's office at (352) 754-4112.