The winter ice storm took its toll on Columbia County, leaving thousands of downed trees and power lines and about 85 percent of residents initially out of power.
Residents are asked to clean up debris for a county contractor to haul away next week.
“The debris is so massive, we have to help,” Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker said.
A removal contractor will begin picking up debris including limbs today. The contractor will come through each area only once, so residents need to have debris near the curb by today. Only limbs and trees up to 10 feet will be picked up. Debris should be placed as close to the curb as possible without being in the street. Residents with long driveways need to put the debris on the main road.
County officials are coordinating with the Georgia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster group to help elderly and disabled residents get their debris to the curb, according to Tucker. She encourages residents who can to help their elderly or disabled neighbors.
“This is really a community effort,” Dr. David Squires of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Evans.
Squires, who is coordinating the volunteer effort said 130 volunteers helped
residents of 100 homes clear debris on Saturday.
Volunteers continued to help elderly and disabled residents clear storm debris into the week.
Another large group effort is scheduled for Saturday. Anyone interested in helping should come to the church gym at 835 N. Belair Road at 9 a.m. Volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, work gloves and any tools and equipment they can.
“We’ve got lots of work to do in the county for the citizens of the county,” Squires said.
Volunteers can send an e-mail to Squires at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents who don’t have help can call 311 to be put on the list for assistance.