Cleanup Continues in Thomasville

It may be days before everything's "rosy" again in Thomasville. Frances left a lot of storm debris and cleanup efforts are keeping both residents and public works crews busy. There are long hours of cleanup still ahead.

Andrew Jones says he knew he had his work cut out for him after Frances plowed through town.

Andrew says, "Oh my lord, I thought I'd never get through. The storm did such a bad job on the yard we decided it'd be good to clean it up, plus if he and I didn't do it I'd have to pay someone else."

Dozens of other residents also have layers of yard debris and fallen trees to deal with.

Andy Maxwell, Public Works Director in Thomas County, says, "We are still removing trees. We probably got close to 150 trees we removed ourselves with the Volunteer Fire Department."

Public Works officials say there was so much debris scattered throughout Thomas County that they were afraid their trash collection sites would be buried in them, so a site off Rock Yard Road was opened and residents are taking advantage.

Herbert Mercer, who is dumping yard debris, says, "I thought I was going to have to take it and pay to take it into the landfill and I called the landfill and they told me about this place. This is my first load. I have maybe one or two more."

Jones is thanking his lucky stars it's only yard debris he's faced with.

Jones adds, "With all these trees, we're just blessed none of them fell on our house."

He's praying he's just as fortunate if Ivan pays a visit.

The dump site is for residents only and open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contractors are told to continue to use the landfill for their debris.