Monday, February 05, 2007

THE OFFICIAL CLEAN-UP BEGINS

Last week the City of Springfield contracted with DRC Emergency Services on a nearly $20 million clean-up of debris from the recent ice storm. City officials said then that the job could take a couple months.

No time to start like the present. From Louise Whall, the city's public-info boss (aka the Duchess of Debris): "The DRC Emergency Services crews have left their staging areas and are moving into their work zones across the City." Expect good footage on the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information...I really believe the City and CU have done the best they can with what seems like monumental tasks, given the level of widespread damage. Basically, this was a hurricane without the flood and water damage.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, like a fire without all the burnt up shit.

wuddog said...

Like an avalanche without the snow...er, wait a minute.

Anonymous said...

If an area had a hurricane and it didn't flood or rain, would there really be a hurricane?

MrsThurstonHowell said...

Just a heads up-we were told several times through the media (and perhaps on the City of Spfd website) that neighborhoods would be informed in advance of the debris pick-up. Not so for us-without warning, today was our day and I'm glad we were home because we still had debris in our backyard that needed to be hauled to the front.

All said and done-the debris dudes did a dandy deed and the huge,ugly fortress is gone.

DocLarry said...

Lovey,
The clean-up trucks are going to make multiple passes throughout the city over the next several weeks. I think their trying to hit every part of the city in one day to avoid charges of "bias," as CU received. Curiously, they picked up only non-fir tree branches in one sweep through my block today.

At Friday's news conference some city official said the plan is to provide at least a one week notice of the "last date" for pickup.

Anonymous said...

A cleanup crew made a sweep through our neighborhood today. They only grabbed the big stuff in the first block and a half, leaving many branches and other debris littering yards. Then a Public Works guy showed up, drove slowly past the yards that had been "cleaned" and then stopped the crew. Soon the cleanup gang backtracked, did a much more thorough job of cleaning those first yards, and continued to do thorough cleanups as they proceeded down the street. Apparently the city is seeing to it that we get our full $20 million worth! Hooray!

MrsThurstonHowell said...

you're right doclarry-I went to the KY3 website and read the details. I don't watch much local television news-just read the newspaper online. I've also been in a daze the past few weeks-anyone know a cheap honest roofer?

Anonymous said...

If a tree falls in the city and no one picks it up, does a caller to CU still make noise?

Think carefully before you answer, grasshoppers.

Anonymous said...

Ah, for the love of Al Gore, just burn the stuff.

Or if it makes you feel more enviornmentally friendly, cut it into smaller chunks and burn it in your fireplace.

See what happens when you wait for the government to do things for you?

Anonymous said...

FYI---they ARE going to burn the stuff. Amazing our "working" media won't do some sort of in-depth report on the environmental impacts. DNR has given them a pass,or two.

Anonymous said...

And it will *only* cost us 30 million bucks or so... give or take...

Phil Horras was right.