Debris clean-up process expected to speed-up

Its been nearly two months since 24,000 of debris spread around Little Rock from December's snow and ice storm and much of that is still visible.

The city of Little Rock said clean-up in all areas of the city is speeding up since the city signed off to have an independent contractor do much of the work.

Piles of storm debris dropped off at Reservoir Park continue to stand tall, but much of it is being hauled off even though residents continue to bring by limbs.

"There's debris on pretty much every home, and it's a lot of work for the city and we really appreciate what they're doing already," said Tanner Windham, who was dropped off a trailer load of limbs Sunday.

Windham is from Ferndale, but decided that the debris was giving some friends in Little Rock such a problem that he would remove it himself.

"Trying to surprise a friend. They're out of town this weekend, and they've been talking about all the stuff in front of the yard. I decided I would go out and get rid of it for them," he added.

Fortunately for the city it's receiving help too. Fifteen to twenty debris clean up trucks are making their way to the Capital City to get this stuff off the streets sooner.

"When we pick up this pile here and that tree down there then we're going back over to Shamrock (Road)," said Willie Tippett with Little Rock Public Works.

Tippett is helping guide contractors to parts of the remaining 16,000 tons around the entire city. He said the neighborhoods the crews has visited so far are glad to see the brush gone.

"They're thankful to see that big truck coming pulling up and start picking up, very thankful," Tippett added.

Mulch from the clean-up will be for sell to the public at the city's landfill for $10 per pick-up load or $30 per ton, prorated for smaller amounts.

You can contact the landfill for further information at (501) 888-5806.

All funding comes from a FEMA grant that ruled Little Rock a disaster area from the storm. The President had to sign the ruling before Little Rock could have the funding.