Irma debris removal begins Thursday in Macon

A month after Tropical Storm Irma came through Macon, debris left behind is beginning to be picked up / Eric Mock (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Full collection of debris left behind in Macon by Tropical Storm Irma on Sept. 11 is beginning on Thursday.

According to the county, crews will begin by picking up debris in the hardest hit areas, including the Shirley Hills neighborhood and East Macon-Bibb, the Ingleside and Overlook areas, Bloomfield, and neighborhoods near Riverside Drive and Pierce Avenue.

After that, crews will sweep the rest of the county to collect the remaining debris.

The county is has hired Southern Disaster Recovery (SDR) to remove the debris and DebrisTech as the monitoring company per federal guidelines.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency dictates that localities hire monitoring companies for debris removal to count how much heavy debris is picked up so the county can be reimbursed by the federal government.

On Tuesday, Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Spencer Hawkins said it could take at least two months before all debris in the county is cleaned up.

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