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      Debris from Christmas Winter Storm completely cleaned up

      LITTLE ROCK - Debris produced by the Christmas winter storm has been completely cleaned up in Little Rock, according to city officials.

      More than 17,000 tons of debris was collected. That amounts to 5,300 truckloads throughout the city.

      "The City of Little Rock has worked extensivelyto serve our residents through these efforts," said City Manager Bruce Moore. "TheChristmas Winter Storm Event left an estimated 22,000 tons of fallen trees andlimbs. When you compare that figure to the 26,000 tons of debris the Cityof Little Rock collects on a yearly basis, that leaves you with a verychallenging task to be completed in a relatively short period of time."

      On December 25, 2012, central Arkansas was heavily affected by a winterstorm. On January 29, 2013, FEMA declared the storm to be a "Winter StormEvent," and after a required bid process, a contract with Ceres Environmentalwas signed on February 14, 2013, to pick up remaining debris. Thecontract with Ceres was originally scheduled for 160 days, but the crews havebeen able to complete the project in a shorter period of time.

      "The City of Little Rock sincerely thanks ourresidents for their patience and understanding through this ongoing process," saidMoore. "This experience has allowed us to become more prepared to handlesimilar challenges in the future in a proactive manner."

      Through the debris pickup efforts, more than58,000 homes in Little Rock were served by collecting more than 17,000 tons ofdebris through 5,300 truckloads. Collected Winter Storm debris has beendelivered to the landfill and converted into mulch and compost for sale to thepublic.

      In the event residents have any remainingdebris in their areas, they are encouraged to call 311, or visit the city'swebsite, www.littlerock.org, to requesta pickup. For more information on the city's Winter Storm debris pickupefforts, visit www.LittleRock.org.

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