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Residents still struggle with Ivan cleanup efforts

By Staff
STILL WAITING Doris Beaver stands by a clothesline and covers her mouth Friday while looking at a tree that fell on her home during Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 16. The Meridian resident said she is frustrated because she has been unable to find anyone to remove the tree. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
November 6, 2004
By Ida Brown / staff writer
Doris Beaver is frustrated.
Seven weeks after Hurricane Ivan ripped through East Mississippi, a huge tree remains in her backyard and on portions of her home.
Beaver is one of several local residents still cleaning up after Hurricane Ivan sideswiped East Mississippi and Lauderdale County on Sept. 16. Strong winds knocked down trees and caused power outages in parts of Lauderdale County.
Meridian resident Jackie Burrage is reminded of the storm's destructive affects every time she walks out of her front door.
The massive oak tree fell from Burrage's yard to the end of the street. Days after Hurricane Ivan hit the area, city workers came to cut the tree. But they left a big portion that is not only an eyesore, but also a safety concern for Burrage.
Aware of frustrations, city and county officials are asking residents to be patient.
Slow process
Cleanup efforts for the city are ongoing with about 40 percent of debris removed.
Contractor Poor Boy Tree Service of Fair Play, Mo., and local subcontractors were hired by the city council to clear debris left by the storm. But some residents think certain areas are receiving preferential treatment.
Beaver said her son, who lives in Alabama, has called eight tree cutters in the East Mississippi area to remove the debris from her home. Only one returned his call.
On Friday, a family friend started removing some of the tree from portions of the house.
County efforts
An Oct. 31 deadline was set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Lauderdale Country residents to have debris from Hurricane Ivan placed at their roadsides for pick up by county crews.
The county has up to six months to cleanup the area's debris.
Like Jackson, Carson is asking residents to be patient, adding that hurricane cleanup efforts are an addition to the county's regular work schedule.
HURRICANE CLEANUP
Here is a look at the latest developments in cleanup efforts following Hurricane Ivan, which sideswiped East Mississippi and Lauderdale County on Sept. 16.
County cleanup: Cleanup efforts are in process and may take up to six months to
complete
City cleanup: Cleanup efforts in process. Work is expected to be completed the
first week of December.
ROAD CLOSINGS
Hurricane Ivan clean-up crews will be working on North Hills Street today, and motorists can expect to encounter closed sections, or sections where traffic is reduced to one lane, throughout the day. The street will be cleaned of storm debris from Highway 19 to Highway 39.
Because of the large trucks required, sections of the street will likely be closed starting at 6 a.m. and continuing all day. Motorists are advised to avoid North Hills Street today, if possible.
On Monday, Poplar Springs Drive between 34th and 36th streets will be closed, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Crews will be installing curb and gutters on that section of the street. The street will likely be closed all day.
Source: Meridian City Hall

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