Storm debris pick-up continues in Alamance, Guilford and Orange counties

Debris from a fallen tree (left) flanks both sides of Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014. The tree fell during a violent storm yesterday and hit a moving vehicle, killing the driver and seriously injuring his passenger. (David Rolfe/Journal)

Debris from a fallen tree (left) flanks both sides of Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014. The tree fell during a violent storm yesterday and hit a moving vehicle, killing the driver and seriously injuring his passenger. (David Rolfe/Journal)

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation crews are continuing debris removal in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford and Orange counties following an ice storm that caused extensive damage throughout the area in March.

These counties were among the nine counties in the state that President Obama declared federal disaster areas.

The state received federal funds to help pay for the removal of debris that fell in the right of way along state-maintained roads in the designated counties, as well as debris brought to the right of way by property owners along state roads.

Although the amount of debris left for pickup has exceeded original expectations, NCDOT expects the first pass of the debris removal operations in these counties to be completed next week.

The second and final pass is expected to begin immediately, and property owners must bring any remaining debris to the shoulder by Friday, May 9 to ensure pickup.

Please keep in mind the following while collecting debris for removal:

• Check your homeowners insurance as often debris cleanup is covered by insurance and arrangements for its collection would be handled by the insurance company;
• NCDOT will only collect vegetation debris such as trees and limbs;
• Property owners are asked to cut storm-related vegetation debris into five- or six-foot pieces, if possible; and
• Do not place debris in travel lanes or in areas where it will block drainage, mailboxes or fire hydrants, or create issues for motorists and pedestrians.

Citizens can contact their NCDOT County Maintenance Office with questions about debris removal or to determine if they live on a state-maintained road should call:

• Alamance County Maintenance Office: (336) 570-6815
• Caswell County Maintenance Office: (336) 694-6101
• Guilford County Maintenance Office (West- Sandy Ridge): (336) 668-2464
• Guilford County Maintenance Office (East- Camp Burton): (336) 375-5475
• Orange County Maintenance Office: (919) 732-5350