County Cleanup Leaves Some Out

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Bay County is hoping to have all of Ivan's debris cleaned up in the next few weeks. Unfortunately for some residents, their yard trash is stranded on the side of the road.

It's an all too familiar sound since Hurricane Ivan made a destructive visit to our area. Locals have been clearing and cleaning their yards almost every weekend since the storm and now piles of debris line the streets in most Bay County neighborhoods.

"It's taken us two hours a day since the storm to get this far and we're not done yet,” says Ron Samuelin, a homeowner.

Samuelian lives in The Preserve, a gated community in the unincorporated area of Bay County. He's had a pile of debris in front of his house for almost two week, and county officials say they aren't coming to get it.

The county contractors started picking up debris Friday in the devastated Thomas Drive area, but these trucks won't make their way into the area's gated communities and many homeowners say they don't have the means to get all the debris on their own, especially when the rest of the county is getting door-to-door service.

Many gated communities have already hired yard service companies to remove the debris for the homeowners, but not The Preserve.

If you live in one of the areas without pickup you can take your yard debris free of charge to the City Transfer Station or to Steelfield Landfill. Both sites will accept only yard trash until October 16.