Little Rock moves to accept bids to clean up storm debris

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - With more than 22,000 tons of debris still scattered across Little Rock, city leaders acted Tuesday to move forward with accepting bids to speed up the clean up.

"It affected almost every home around here I think," said Kristin Hodge, standing next to the tree limbs on her Hillcrest law. "I know that the city has so much to clean up and they say they're coming."

Tuesday the city board voted unanimously to go forward in accepting competitive contractor bids. The vote comes a week after President Barack Obama declared Pulaski one of seven counties in a disaster area.

"Being able to get the FEMA declaration by the president was just a major boost for us," said City Manager Bruce Moore.

Now Moore says contracting bids will come in by Friday. More help will add to the crews who have already picked up an estimated 100 tons per day, working six days a week, according to the city.

"Hopefully we will be able to get some good contracts in here and they can start working feverishly to get this debris picked up," said Moore.

The city hopes to set a realistic timeline for the cleanup next week.

For the Hodge family, they've waited six weeks already, so they're willing to wait a few more.

"It was a huge storm and you could just look around and see how much it affected all of us and I know you just have to be patient and I know they'll get to us eventually."

The city says next week's meeting with contractors will talk timelines and also a game plan for what areas will get cleaned up next.