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Flood debris pick-up underway in Macomb


If you live in Macomb and had some flood damage-- take your debris to the curb!

Officials with Macomb Waste Management say they've picked up over 30 tons of flood damaged furniture, carpet and drywall since curbside collection began yesterday.

However, crews say their pick-up efforts have been slowed down as scavengers have been rummaging through the garbage and ripping open bags-- leaving a bigger mess for crews to deal with.

"They're just ripping open the bags looking for whatever it is they are looking for, but as I would feel the stuff has been in a flooded basement with water, it wouldn't be any good to me, so to me it should be in the trash," said Eric Gable, a driver for Macomb Waste Management.

Waste Management will accept the following: All furniture, regardless of size; carpeting, as long it is in 2 foot wide rolls or less and weighs 50 lbs or less; other items must be contained in plastic bags, cans or regular WM solid waste containers, all weighing 50 lbs or less. Storm-damaged electronic equipment will not be picked up at the curb, but may be delivered to the Regional Collection Facility at 510 N Pearl Street in Macomb, with hours from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

There is no limit to the number of items or containers that can be picked up, however electronic waste will not be picked up.

During this period, the City will not enforce its ordinance regarding how much time these damaged items sit on the curb.

Crews will continue to pick up flood debris until May 2nd.

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