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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Contract crews will start picking up debris from Hurricane Irene in Wilmington tomorrow.

As of Tuesday night, city crews have picked up between 800 and 1,000 tons of vegetative debris since Irene passed through Wilmington.

Sunday, the city activated a pre-approved contract for debris removal with Bamaco Inc. of Bunnell, FL. The contract stipulates a minimum of 12 crews, with each to pick up no less than 250 cubic yards of debris per day. They will work 10 hour days, six days per week.

The city says initially, the crews will be dispersed throughout the city in areas that have not yet been picked up. The city is eligible to apply for and expects to receive some reimbursement from FEMA for this and other storm-related expenses.

There’s no word yet on how long it will take to finish the clean-up. The city offers these tips for how citizens can help in the process:

·Please put debris in bags or other containers if at all possible for quicker pick up.
·Please don’t cut down trees or add additional yard waste for pick-up after the storm. Adding new vegetative waste to the storm debris greatly slows down the clean up process.
·Please keep debris out of streets and away from driveways, fire hydrants and mailboxes.
·Continue to take your trash and recycling to the curb as you normally do. These services are running on a regular schedule.
·The city asks that citizens be patient as cleanup continues. For more storm debris clean up tips, see the city’s website at http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov.

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7 Comments on "Contract crews to help Wilmington with Irene clean-up"

2015 years 10 months ago

So, the City gets help and we in the County…with a Wilmington, NC address…get screwed. I saw that comin’.

Wade griffis
2015 years 10 months ago

Well, let us see! Everybody wants less government until S–t hapens. Then, all of a sudden, it is all about- where is mine?

Where is my ice/ Where is my water? Where is MY stuff?

It is where it has always been.

If you have the beans to survive, then you will do what you have to.

Bertha, Fran and many others taught us how to do it.

I realise that there are many newcomers down here. My advice is WATER! Keep plenty of it.

You do not have to run out to the store and buy water! I have 5 gallons stored in old beer bottles. Yes, I do flush and change the water.

2015 years 10 months ago

Way to go City of Wilmington! Now that’s the way to get things done!

Too bad New Hanover County can’t benefit from your experience. They’re too busy trying to do damage assessment on Brian Berger.

In the meantime, it’s the citizens of New Hanover County who have to suffer.

2015 years 10 months ago

Way to go Wilmington………Out sourcing the jobs to other states and not keeping them at home. Let’s go out of the area and spend money. Don’t keep it at home where it’s needed. I would rather see “Good ole’ Boy Jason” with the contract that have it wind up in Florida! At least it would stay in North Carolina.

2015 years 10 months ago

The company in Florida got the job because their bid was lower than the local companies. If the City hired a local company at a higher rate, you would be b*tch*ng about the high cost. They can’t win for losing.

Karen Green
2015 years 10 months ago

I live in the city of Wilmington. I am extremely disgusted with the lack of the clean-up! It’s alright for the city/county to continually go up on our water/garbage/sewer service and go down on service. I am currently paying close to $90.00 per month,$180.00 bi-monthly for this so-called service. They are pricing us out of this market! I am looking to sell my home, to get away from all the corruption that Wilmington has to offer!! Everyday you here of city officials in some kind of scandal.

2015 years 10 months ago

They haven’t done much. I personally picked 1000 tons (2000 pounds) out of my yard. I was charged $20 per truck load. So much for being civic minded,and trying to help my city out. Hauling your own debris should be free with a big thank you from the city council.
Next time, I’ll wait for the city or state to haul it for me.


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