Hurricane Ian debris removal is continuing in Flagler County’s cities or about to begin in unincorporated Flagler, and is expected to take several more days, with patience at a premium.
Waste Pro will begin Hurricane Ian debris collection in residential neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas of Flagler County on Tuesday (Oct. 11). The pick-ups will include private homeowners’ associations and gated communities.
In Palm Coast, Waste Pro swept the city and picked up as much vegetative debris as possible last week, removing debris less than 2 cubic yards in volume last Wednesday (as per its contractual obligations to remove yard waste on that day), documenting all homes with debris that was over the limit. Thursday and Friday, city crews followed to remove the larger debris, but it wasn’t enough.
“We are still working every day to pick up the debris,” a Palm Coast spokesperson said Monday evening. “Waste Pro is back to normal pick up schedule and our public works crews are picking up the larger debris. There was a lot more than anticipated.”
There will be no charge to residents for the debris removed by Palm Coast crews. Vegetative debris should be near the road in the City’s right of way.
In Flagler Beach, yard pick-up started on the west side of the bridge on Friday, making its way east from there. “FEMA reimbursement is extremely important to recovery efforts, and in order to properly tally the amount of yard waste, we’re asking that our residents just leave piles of yard waste at the edge of their property for removal,” the city said in a statement.
In unincorporated Flagler, to aid removal, residents are asked to use the following guidelines when possible:
Loose Yard Waste: Must be stacked/placed adjacent to the pavement in piles that do not exceed of 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall by 6 feet long, or similar dimension not exceeding two (2) cubic yards. Additionally, individual tree limbs are not to exceed six (6) inches in diameter.
Containerized Yard Waste: Each container with yard waste shall not exceed fifty (50) pounds or be larger than five (5) feet on any side. Additionally, limbs are not to exceed six (6) inches in diameter.
Additionally, civil engineering company Eisman & Russo and disaster services firm Phillips & Jordan will be working together to identify and remove debris on public roadways.
“We ask that all vegetative debris that isn’t already at the curb to be placed there as soon as possible for collection,” said Road and Bridge Manager Ryan Prevatt. “Ideally the debris collection contractor will have multiple teams serving several areas around the county at once to get everything collected as soon as possible. Please remember that only one pass for debris collection will be made.”
“Last week we encouraged everyone to have their Hurricane Ian debris at the curb by this morning,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “It will take the debris crews a few weeks to get it all, but it is important to note that they will only be passing through each neighborhood once, and that will begin as early as tomorrow.”
Residents with unmet needs created by Hurricane Ian’s impacts in our area are encouraged to review the resources available at www.FlaglerCounty.gov/IAN.
A few tips:
For residents with questions on tree removal – If a tree originated on City property and fell onto private property, the property owner should call and submit a ticket through PalmCoast.gov/Connect for an inspection to determine the removal process.
If a tree originated on private property and fell on that same private property, it is the owner’s responsibility to have the tree removed.
If a tree originated on private developed property (house or business) and fell onto an adjacent private developed property, this is a civil issue between the two owners and a possible insurance claim if the tree caused damage. Removal of the tree would be the property owners’ responsibility.
If a tree on undeveloped private property (vacant lot) was damaged or is leaning in a potentially hazardous way toward an adjacent developed private property, the owner should submit a ticket through PalmCoast.gov/Connect to arrange for an inspection of the tree. If a tree inspector determines a hazardous tree on an undeveloped private property poses an imminent threat and needs to come down immediately, the City will issue a notice of remedy to the property owner. If the tree is not removed in the timeframe provided, the City will arrange for a contractor to take the tree down as soon as possible. The City would then bill the owner after the fact for the cost incurred to remedy the violation.
For residents with property damage, hire a licensed contractor – The City of Palm Coast wants to make sure residents do not get taken advantage of by unlicensed contractors. It is important to check a business’ credentials before allowing them to perform any work. Visit www.palmcoastgov.com/local-business-search or www.myfloridalicense.com to verify credentials. Also, get a written contract before the work starts. Hear a message on this topic from Mayor David Alfin here.
Connie Sparks says
Mostly all of my neighbors included me got a notice we will be charged extra monies to pick up our debri. I called city hall, utility dept, no one answers the phone. I called waste pro he told me they will not pay them to pick up debri , it will be Palm Coast dept.. My neighbor had someone pick up her stuff to take away. She was so upset about it. Two weeks is a long time to let us know what’s going on. Election is coming up. Will be rethinking my vote.
I submitted ticket re: canal debris washed up on my property. Palm Coast told me they will not help. Thanks so much.
Celia Pugliese says
Correct Connie, Elections are coming. We need a team of three in this council and not same of the same.
Eileen Araujo says
Tired of all the department heads, committee heads, politicians, city workers and even the poor woman who answers the phone at the City of Palm Coast…all telling me that it will be picked up. My piles of debris are no bigger than many others that were already picked up. If it is not picked up by the end of the week those piles will move…and not in the direction that the city likes.
Catherine Chandler says
So after the one pick up of leaves if you still have more will they pick them up on Wednesday like usual?
Celia Pugliese says
Has been way over a week form IAN and the yard debris still uncollected in most of our Palm Harbor area…who is going to pay for the killed sod/grass? Is the city receiving FEMA funds to pay for it or not? Why did the city made “collection changes after the hurricane as I was told?”
Have A Nice Day says
You cannot be serious about who will pay for your dead grass, which will grow back in case you don’t know any better. The world doesn’t revolve around your self-centered needs for the government to pay for your inconvenience. So stop being selfish and thinking the world revolves around you. Remember this, I-95 runs both ways, and you’re free to leave for greener pastures that are not here.
We had a lot of debris in PC and Waste Pro was amazing. They picked it all up on Wednesday. Though I’m not surprised They have always done a stellar job.
Are tree limbs not to exceed 6 inches in diameter? Some of us don’t live in new developments (thank God) where seedlings were planted. The trees blown over on my property far exceed the limit and have been cut up into manageable sizes and dragged out to A1A for pickup. If they don’t pick them up, they’ll rot there.
It’s evident from the comments of the people who aren’t from Florida or have been through hurricanes. It’s a devastating and, most times, catastrophic weather event. Clean-up can take months. Pull up your big boy pants, stop bellyaching or return where you came from. Crybabies.