Emergency crews survey damage left behind by Tropical Storm Irma in September. Forsyth County officials said steady progress is being made removing debris from county right-of-way.

Forsyth County storm debris pickup progressing

Private contracting crews in Forsyth County are making steady progress picking up debris left behind by Tropical Storm Irma as it swept across the state in September.

Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Chris Grimes told commissioners at a Nov. 28 work session that as of Nov. 27, just short of 2,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris, or 66 loads, had been picked up from the right-of-way of county-controlled roads. He said the majority of the debris has been north of Ga. 20 and east of Ga. 400

The trees, limbs and stumps are being stored at a county staging site until equipment can be brought in to grind it down. Grimes said grinders are in short supply due to hurricane cleanup in Florida, Texas and elsewhere.

County officials said they’re trying to finish up as much work as possible by Dec. 5 in order to qualify for the best reimbursement from Federal Emergency Management Agency officials.