Update on Chatham Co. debris removal three weeks after Matthew

Update on Chatham Co. debris removal three weeks after Matthew.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Three weeks after Hurricane Matthew almost everyone is still dealing with debris clean-up after the storm wreaked havoc across our area.

The biggest question folks are asking us now is when will the big piles of storm debris finally be picked up?

The director of Public Works says this is a multi-pass, several month process for the unincorporated areas of Chatham County.

Already, the debris removal crews brought in from around the country have collected more than 300,000 yds.³ of storm debris.

The unincorporated areas have been divided up into zones, and the removal crews are hitting each zone simultaneously.

While acknowledging waiting on debris pickup can be frustrating, the public works director is asking for patience.

By the time it's all said and done, that number will reach 750,000 cubic yards. If your storm debris isn't already a part of the massive pile along Sallie Mood Drive, it will be. And you'll have plenty of notice before the pickups stop.

"They are making multiple passes. And I know it was announced yesterday as well, some people haven't even put their debris out. What we are telling them is, don't panic. We will make a pretty good announcement when the final passes will be made. We will give them a certain day for the final pass," said Chatham County Public Works Director Robert Drewry.

The director wants to remind those with remaining storm debris, if you see trucks passing by, they're not forgetting you. The pickup is a systematic approach, and your debris will get picked up.

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