Talmadge and Patty Wheatley needed help cleaning up and hauling away the large portion of their farm on Clanton Road that was destroyed by a tornado two weeks ago.
"A lot of family and friends have pulled together to help," Patty Wheatley said. They arrived with everything from backhoes and tractors to shovels and their bare hands to help, she said.
Bill Polonus wanted to do his part to help out the family.
As the owner of Augusta Disposal and Recycling Inc., he donated containers and hauling services for anyone who had received damage from the tornado that needed it - mainly the Wheatleys, who received a roll-off container. The container, resembling a dump- truck body, was filled up less than a week after the tornado tore a path through the Wheatley's farm.
Between normal-charged delivery and landfill and disposal fees, the disposal company will be absorbing about $300, Polonus said.
Wheatley looks at debris from his farm in a Dumpster. Bill Polonus, the owner of Augusta Disposal and Recycling Inc., donated
containers and hauling services to anyone whose property was damaged by the tornado.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Though the Wheatleys were the only family that needed his services, Polonus said he called Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker, county landfill director Don Bartles and former county commission chairman Jim Whitehead to make sure they knew his services were available.
"We are very grateful for all the community has done for us," Polonus said. "We are just a local small hauler, but we wanted to give back."
This is not the first time Polonus has helped out in a disaster. When a tornado hit the Brown Road area a few years ago, before he sold the company's industrial division, he donated 40 of the roll-offs to help clean up the mess.
"Our community is really proactive," Polonus said. "We do what we can."
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