Aiken, SC— On Oct. 11, 2018, the City of Aiken was impacted by Hurricane Michael, the third strongest hurricane on record. While Michael had weakened to a tropical storm prior to its arrival and the City did not take the full force of this storm, it did experience sustained winds in excess of 50 miles per hour for an extended period of time. Those intense winds caused power outages, blocked roads, and some residents had extensive damage to trees on their property.
In the three weeks following the weather event, the City’s Yard Trash Division has been working from dawn to dusk, and working weekend shifts in an effort to collect all of the debris.
“Our crews would work down a street that looked normal and then turns to another street and the debris would look like the Ice Storm of 2014 had hit again. The debris was sporadic, but very heavy in areas,” said Interim Director of Public Services Tim Coakley. Due to this heavy debris, the City’s normal weekly collection for yard debris has been disrupted. After several weeks of hard work, city crews are almost caught up, and now expect to complete hurricane debris removal for all routes over the upcoming weekend.
Although the hurricane debris may be almost behind us, it is time for the fall leaf season. The City will continue to experience minor delays with yard debris removal service through December. This will not impact the collection of the green garbage cans or the blue recycling cans.
Important things to know …
- It is the fall leaf season and pickups historically run behind the regular schedule due to the vastly increased volume.
- Please pile leaves as compactly as possible. Deep piles are far easier and more quickly removed than long, low and snaking piles. Also, one large pile is preferred to multiple small ones.
- Bag it if possible. This will allow crews to use other city trucks to collect the debris by hand.
- The city has purchased two leaf vacuums. They will only work if there are no sticks or branches in the pile. Please keep a separate leaf pile and another for branches and other debris during leaf season.
Please check the city website for the most current information on delays and service updates. If you have questions please call Public Services at 642-7613.
Community Affairs Manager
City of Aiken