As a result of significant storm damage that occurred on Sunday, June 6, the ACCGov Solid Waste Department's Leaf and Limb crews will move into affected areas on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 to collect storm debris. If crews complete current collection areas early, they will move into the affected areas on Thursday, June 10 and begin collection. The areas to receive storm debris collection are:
- Cherokee Ridge
- Cavalier Road
- Biscayne Drive
- W. Huntington Road
- Chesterfield Road
- Yorkshire Road
- Imperial Way
- Richmond Way
Storm debris piles must be on the curb and away from overhead wires, mailboxes, cars, water meters, and other obstructions/hazards. Tree trunks need to be cut down to approximately four feet in length in order for Solid Waste's equipment to handle them. Equipment can collect trees with a diameter up to approximately four feet.
For the week of June 14-18, normal leaf and limb collection is expected to take place in Area E. Additional storm debris collection in the areas listed above or other nearby areas will be evaluated after debris collection on Saturday.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Peachtree City, an isolated but very intense thunderstorm developed over southwest Oconee County during the evening of Sunday, June 6. The storm moved quickly north-northeast resulting in a widespread swath of significant wind damage, mainly to trees, from near North High Shoals (Oconee County) to the west side of Athens (Athens-Clarke County) just west of the Athens Perimeter (Highway 10/78) and before Georgia 129.
The NWS collaborated with the Emergency Management Agencies in both Oconee and Athens-Clarke counties to obtain information that helped support the decision that the damage was primarily caused by a very intense thunderstorm downburst. Along with the damaging winds, very large hail up to the size of golf balls (1.75" diameter) occurred within the most intense part of the storm. At this time, the NWS noted that there is nothing conclusive that suggests a tornado occurred within this path of damage.
For more information on storm debris collection, call the ACCGov Solid Waste Department at 706-613-3501 or visit www.accgov.com/leaflimb.