Storm cleanup

This spot on Proper Street is one of many where storm debris continues to be present beside the street.

Help is on the way.

Corinth’s April 13 storm was nowhere near the scale of the disaster of October 2019, but Wednesday the 13th was unlucky enough to require some extra help. The city is again contracting with Custom Tree Care to pick up and dispose of the large amount of remaining debris. The business specializes in cleanup after disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and ice storms.

Public Works Director Clayton Mills said the Custom Tree Care crews will hit the streets on Monday and will make two sweeps through the entire city over the next two weeks. It could go a few days longer if needed. They will follow the city garbage collection routes – if Monday is a home’s trash pickup day, the cleanup crew will be coming by on Monday.

Any storm debris that property owners can get into the right of way is eligible to be picked up. The contractor will not come onto private property, so the debris must be beside the street.

The contractor will pick up vegetation only – no building debris.

When possible, it is requested the pieces of limbs and trees are in pieces of no more than 5 to 6 feet in length to help the process.

The crews will work 12 hours a day, seven days a week while in the city.

Mills said it is estimated there are about 11,000 cubic yards of debris on the ground, and people are still constantly piling it beside the road as they clean up their property.

“We’re asking people if they have debris in their back yards or trees down, if they can get them to the street, we can get them picked up while these guys are here,” said Mills.

Mayor Tommy Irwin said this was the best option to get the city back to normal. With the city’s smaller equipment and limited personnel, it would have taken two or three months to get caught up.

“We know that group can really get it done,” he said. “Our guys will be working with them to expedite the process.”

The city is asking people to use caution while driving in areas where tree debris continues to be on the sides of the street. In some cases, it may be protruding into the street.

The collected debris will go into the local landfill.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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