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Debris pick-up crews expected to make multiple rounds

By David Harten

This article was published January 24, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.

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A utility crew works on damaged power lines in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in the wake of a Christmas day winter storm leaving thousands without electric power. Officials with the city are saying that crews will be making multiple rounds in every ward to pick-up all the debris left from the storm.

— Since Jan. 1, the city of Little Rock has removed 3,000 tons of debris caused by the Christmas Day winter storm, with 2,000 truckloads visiting local landfills in that time, according to Public Works Operations Manager Eric Petty.

Petty said that crews will be working for several more months to remove the debris, with 18 to 19 crews dispersed among seven wards. The crews range from three to nine people and also range in available equipment. Some crews working in areas with less debris may have only one loading truck, while crews working in more heavily damaged areas may operate several dump trucks and a backhoe. At least two crews are assigned to each ward, Petty said.

When clean-up efforts began, each crew started in the area with the most debris and damage in each ward. From there, crews worked outward until they reached the borders of their assigned ward.

When the crews reach the border of their ward, they will return to their starting point and check the routes again. Petty said this is necessary because several residents and areas had debris that could not be collected on the first attempt.

While this process could require multiple trips for clean-up crews, Petty said the work will continue until all debris is collected.

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