Debris Removal

By BUSTER WOLFE,

After the Dec. 8, 2017 snowfall made a mess of pine trees throughout Lamar County, Road Manager Tommy Jones has been trying to get ahead of the current pile of weather-related vegetative debris.

It hasn’t been easy, he said Tuesday.

“We’ve got seven trucks running every day, just trying to play catch up,” he said. “We’ll be about a month behind when it’s all said and done. They spent a whole week on a one-day route; there are that many limbs and branches.”

Now that road crews had tried to finish their first trip around the county to pick up limbs, more results of the December snowfall are being collected.

“Some of the ones that they have already picked up, people are bringing out again,” he said.

“They call and want to know when they are going to be back. It will be at soon as everyone gets their first shot at it. We’ve just got to get around one more time.

Although there was plenty of damage from the last snowfall, Jones said he is thankful it wasn’t worse.

“I’m just glad that we didn’t get any more snow and ice,” he said.

“A lot of those weak limbs broke on that first go-around,” he said.

“Several of them were out in the country, everywhere you look.”

“We had limbs just fall along the sides of the road. And those trucks are going every day.”

Scheduling also played an important role in the limb pickup.

“Those holidays slowed us down too, because we were off on the first of the weeks,” Jones said.

“I told them, ‘Stay on it until you get every route completed.’”

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