Storm debris from the Christmas Day Winter Event continues to be collected by Public Works Crews six (6) days a week in each of the City's seven (7) Wards. To date, more than 1,700 tons of debris has been collected and taken to the Little Rock Landfill, where it will be turned into mulch.
Initially, in order to help crews locate the most concentrated areas of fallen trees, limbs, etc., citizens had been asked to utilize the 311 System to report debris. Now those crews are being directed to conduct a systematic clean-up of the City. Citizens may still report storm debris via 311 and their request will be included in a continuously evolving list; however, it is important to note that every street will eventually have all storm debris removed, whether a 311 call has been made or not.
According to City Manager Bruce Moore, a FEMA declaration is expected very soon, which will allow the City to hire independent contractors - through a bid process – to assist in the removal of storm debris. With the addition of hired contractors, the speed of the clean-up process will increase noticeably. City Manager Moore would like to personally thank all of the residents of Little Rock for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Once clean-up has begun on a particular street, Public Works Operations Crews will remove storm debris piles from both sides of the street. If the crews encounter storm debris and/or objects that are too heavy to be removed, the address will be added to the schedule for a larger piece of equipment to return at a later date to complete the clean-up process.
Solid Waste Crews continue to pick-up trash and normal yard waste contained in bags or personal cans, and are also coordinating with Operations Crews to assist in storm debris pick-up.
In addition, the Public Works Department has two (2) crews patching potholes and two (2) additional crews operating street sweepers.