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Debris from Christmas Winter Storm completely cleaned up

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

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

"The City of Little Rock sincerely thanks our residents for their patience and understanding through this ongoing process," said Moore.  "This experience has allowed us to become more prepared to handle similar challenges in the future in a proactive manner."

Through the debris pickup efforts, more than 58,000 homes in Little Rock were served by collecting more than 17,000 tons of debris through 5,300 truckloads.  Collected Winter Storm debris has been delivered to the landfill and converted into mulch and compost for sale to the public.

In the event residents have any remaining debris in their areas, they are encouraged to call 311, or visit the city's website, www.littlerock.org, to request a pickup.  For more information on the city's Winter Storm debris pickup efforts, visit www.LittleRock.org.