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City of Charleston aims to have Mathew debris cleaned up by November

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC -

The City of Charleston said Wednesday afternoon that they are expecting the first round of debris cleanup to be done by November 1.

“We’re hoping to have the whole county finished by the first of November,” Mayor Tecklenburg’s Senior Adviser Josh Martin said.

Some Charleston residents are continuing to be hopeful the debris that lines some city streets will be gone by Halloween.

“I understand the backup of our city services and we’re getting back to normal and we’re just hoping it’s picked up by Halloween,” Colleen Jolley said.

She also said in the meantime, there’s obstructions throughout her neighborhood.

“Every morning I’m traveling in and out and there’s various ways of the debris it’s either in the road or in the sidewalk and we have to ease in and out to let each other go by. There’s an obstruction in our view driving in and out so we have to be extra careful and drive extra slow,” Jolley said.

As the cleanup is still going on, some people expressed concerns that in the meantime the debris also poses a danger to kids playing in their neighborhoods.

“There’s a lot of concern about being able to see kids popping around outside the debris bin,” Eric Clark said.

One of the sub-contractors brought in by the city to help clean up after the storm backed out, and since then the city said it’s stepping up to try and get everything cleaned up.

“The city decided to add some of its crews from environmental services, even livability, and tourism they were doing some help as well as parks department to compliment the services being performed by the contractor,” Martin said.

He said they’re bringing these crews in because they know cleanup is a high priority for the city.

“It is taking longer than people expect and I think that we had some rough patches with our Charleston county contractor but we’re stepping it up and making progress now,” Martin said.

Starting Thursday morning the city will put in place parking restrictions in designated areas of the peninsula.

This will allow debris contractors to remove large items of debris.

Here’s a list of places that will have no on-street parking:

Thursday  Area formed by Tradd Street, Meeting Street, South Battery Street, East Battery and East Bay Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday      Area formed by Tradd Street, the west side of Meeting Street, South Battery Street, and the east side of Legare Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Area formed by Broad Street, the west side of Legare Street, Tradd Street and Chisolm Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday Area formed by Tradd Street, the west side of Legare Street, South Battery Street and the east side of Limehouse Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                        Area formed by Broad Street, the east side of Legare Street, Tradd Street and Concord Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday  Area formed by Tradd Street, to the Coast Guard Station, the west side of Limehouse Street, and Murray Boulevard (west of Limehouse Street) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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