Storm debris pickup begins today
Atlanta Highway was blocked Monday afternoon as the storm dropped a large tree branch into the roadway and then onto a power line. - photo by Jim Dean

Residents with debris from Tropical Storm Irma and other storm damage will soon have a way to get rid of some of it.

Starting Monday, contractors working with Forsyth County will begin picking up storm debris within the right-of-way of Forsyth County-maintained roads north of Hwy. 20. Work will begin on roads in south Forsyth starting Saturday.

The efforts will primarily focus on trees and limbs for the roads in residential locations. Workers will not be able to enter onto private property of pick up from city streets of state routes, meaning most highways will not be picked up.

“This cleanup situation is unique in that we will be picking up debris that residents place within the right of way along county maintained roads,” said Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt in a news release. “The fact that Forsyth County is included in the presidential disaster declaration from Tropical Storm Irma is what is enabling us to make an exception to county policy in this instance.”

Residents can drag debris from their property to the roadside, which is not typically allowed.

The county is asking residents not to place debris in front of or around driveways, on top of utilities or in front of mailboxes. Other debris and household garbage will not be picked up.

Work will be done Monday through Saturday during daylight hours. 

“Considering the size of Forsyth County, it will take a few weeks for this work to be completed,” said Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency Director and Fire Chief Danny Bowman in the release. “We appreciate citizens’ patience while the contractor works to get to every part of the county.”

More information can be found by calling the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency at (770) 205-5674.