Snowstorm cleanup ongoing on roads

by Sarah Fay Campbell


A Coweta County Fire Department crew uses ladder truck 6 to remove hanging limbs on North U.S. 29 during cleanup from the February winter storm. 

Last week’s storm has left a bit of a mess in Coweta County.

In addition to hundreds of limbs down all over the sides of roads — and people’s yards — there’s also the remnants of the salt, sand, and gravel used to treat roadways.

When last week’s freezing rain began to fall, some sand and fine gravel remained on Newnan streets from the earlier Jan. 28 snowstorm.

Coweta County crews will spend this week clearing storm debris from rights-of-way across the county, said Tom Corker, Coweta’s communications manager. “This process is expected to take at least a week to complete, depending on weather conditions,” he said.

Once all the storm debris is taken care of, “we will go back and sweep any residual sand,” Corker said. That will be done with mechanical brooms, blowers, or hand brooms, separately or in combination, depending on the situation, he said.

To help make the winter storm cleanup easier for Coweta residents, the county is offering free disposal of yard debris for individuals at the construction and demolition landfill, located on Essie Mae Walker Road off Ishman Ballard Road.

The free disposal will be offered this week until the close of business on Saturday, March 1. The free offer is only for individual residents, not commercial haulers or contractors. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Newnan crews began collecting storm debris on Monday. City residents can pile limbs and brush curbside, just like they do with yard waste. Residents are asked to “keep storm debris contained in as small a footprint as possible,” said Gina Snider, public information officer.

The city of Newnan is continuing with its regular street sweeping operations, said Michael Klahr, city public works director.

The city runs two sweepers, and downtown streets are treated on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, Klahr said. On Friday, the sweeper continues down Bullsboro Drive and/or Temple Avenue. Sweepers work other local streets the rest of the week.

“We have no plans to supplement our regular sweeping operations,” Klahr said.

Some rain moved through Monday night, and more is forecast for several days this week and “this should be enough to hold down dust until we can pick up the sand and gravel with the sweepers,” Klahr said.

“It is important not to allow the sand and gravel to enter the storm sewer systems, as this would increase pollutants into the state waters," he said.

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