City, counties outline plans for getting rid of storm-related debris

Published 10:17 am Friday, September 2, 2011

Nikki Robertson, left, and her parents, Susan and Jerry Robertson, look at the damage from an oak tree that fell onto their New Market Road home outside Coutland on Saturday night. -- Gwen Albers | Tidewater News

The City of Franklin and Southampton and Isle of Wight counties have announced plans for residents to get rid of debris from Hurricane Irene, which dropped 12 inches of rain in Western Tidewater on Saturday.

Wind gusts of up to 59 mph also were experienced.

Plans are as follows:


The pickup of trees and limbs in the city will begin at dawn Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The Franklin City Council during an emergency meeting Sunday relaxed the rules for debris pickup. This means the trees and limbs do not need to be cut to any specific size. As long as it can be taken to the curb, it will be picked up, said Donald Goodwin, director of community development.

This is a one-time pickup.


Isle of Wight County will accept storm-related debris at its dumpsites from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in Carrsville, off Burdette Road and on Stave Mill Road outside Windsor. Anything that can be taken to the dumpsite will be accepted.

A debris collection will begin on Friday, Sept. 9, and continue into Saturday, Sept. 10, if needed, in Windsor.


County officials are working with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the towns of Boykins, Branchville, Capron, Courtland, Ivor and Newsoms to remove debris from rights-of-way and public property.

For getting rid of trees, limbs, stumps, branches and twigs, residents can take them to any county dumpsites. Trees and limbs should be cut to lengths of 8 feet or less.

Dumpsites are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in Adams Grove, Boykins, Berlin, Capron, Flaggy Run, Newsoms, Sedley and Southampton Meadows. Dumpsites are open during the same hours on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in Branchville, Courtland, Drewryville, Ivor, Joyners Bridge, Monroe, Sebrell and Unity.

Anyone unable to get debris to a dumpsite should cut trees and limbs into 8-foot lengths or less and pile them within reach of the right-of-way at the front of the home. Crews will pick up debris along every roadway over the next few weeks. Sept. 12 is the last day to put out debris.