Harris County continues clean-up process after tornadoes hit the area in March

Harris County continues clean-up process after tornadoes hit the area in March

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - We’ve seen the clean-up process all across the Chattahoochee Valley after tornadoes tore through on March 3.

Some areas are still working to pick up the pieces.

It’s slowly but surely getting cleaned up in Harris County. There is still plenty of debris left to be picked up that can be seen while driving around town.

DeAnne Eichman’s Harris County home was hit hard by the tornadoes. She and her husband, David, had tons of random debris land in their yard.

“I guess because it came East," Eichman said, "we ended up with everything that the tornado hit. It brought it this way, and it was all over the place.”

More than two months later, the Eichman’s are still working every day to clean up their five acre plot of land. They lost dozens of trees, which is why most of the remaining debris is wood.

“Anyone that wants the oak for fire wood," Eichman said, "we’ve got a few people who are saying ‘hey save it for me’ but they just have to come get it.”

Harris County officials helped for weeks, but now the county manager, Randy Dowling, said it’s time to turn to the community for help.

“We encourage people to ask their neighbors," Dowling said. "Ask their church family, or perhaps a volunteer fire department.”

Dowling said for two weeks, the county picked up debris from the curb. For over a month, they allowed people to drop off debris at Ellerslie Park, and now they can still turn in wood debris for free at the transfer station on Barnes Mill Road.

“There is no schedule per say," Dowling said. "But our public works guys, all eight of them, and our limited equipment, will pick up storm debris as time permits.”

Eichman said there is a simpler solution.

“We could load it up and take it to the dump," she said. "But it’s easier to burn it.”

Dowling said you can drop off wood debris for free Monday through Saturday at the transfer station on Barnes Mill Road. If you’re dropping off construction like debris, there is a small fee.

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