Debris Collection in Paducah

Heartland News  

PADUCAH - Starting today City residents will see bucket trucks and debris hauling trucks all around Paducah collecting debris from the January ice storm. The City has a contract in the amount of $2,055,800 with Crowder Disaster Recovery of Tallahassee, Florida for the removal, hauling, and disposal of FEMA eligible debris from public property, easements, and rights-of-way.  The contractor has 90 days to complete the project and will suspend work during the AQS Quilt Show.

Below are the answers to frequently asked questions regarding the debris collection:

Q:  Where will the crews be working in Paducah?

A:  Crowder and its subcontractors have divided the City into several zones and will be canvassing the entire City.  There will be approximately 23 debris trucks and 12 bucket trucks working on the project.

Q:  What are the hours that the crews will be working?

A:  Crews will work seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Q:  Will the debris collection work cause any road closures?

A:  Expect to see temporary road closures on some of the City's extremely narrow streets.  Please use caution, slow down, and watch for flaggers.

Q:  I have a lot of debris.  How many passes will the crews make through the City?

A:  The contractor expects to make three passes to collect debris.  The first pass begins today and should wrap up in about two weeks.  The final pass will begin April 6 and should be completed around April 17.  Once crews make a pass through a neighborhood, residents are urged move their remaining debris to the right-of-way as soon as possible.

Q:  What does an orange mark on a tree mean?

A:  The contractor will be placing orange marks on trees that need to have hanging limbs removed.  Limbs that are considered to be hazardous and hanging over public properties will be cut and removed.  An orange mark does not necessarily mean that the entire tree will be cut down.  Once the hanging limb is safely removed, a white mark will be placed in the center of the orange mark.  Only trees that are damaged and located on public property, easements, and rights-of-way will be removed.

Q:  Will crews be coming onto private property to remove debris?

A:  No, crews and their equipment will be collecting debris from public property, easements, and rights-of-way only.  Crews will not remove debris, trees, or hanging limbs from private property.  Crews will set up their collection trucks in the streets and alleys and use the boom on the trucks to reach as far as they can to collect the debris piles.

Q:  What can residents do to make the job easier for the contractors?

A:  There are several things that will help the contractors:

  • Do NOT park cars in front of debris piles or under trees with hanging limbs during the scheduled work hours of 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Do NOT place debris on gas meters or water meters.  Do NOT pile debris near fire hydrants, mailboxes, or utility poles.  Also do NOT pile debris in ditches or in the street.  Try not to place debris under utility lines.
  • Do NOT bag the debris.  Also, do NOT mix trash with the debris.