After about six months of long workdays, crews with the Houston County government have officially completed Hurricane Michael debris cleanup.
Chief county engineer Barkley Kirkland shared some of the impressive statistics regarding the workload following Michael’s visit during a Houston County Commission meeting Monday. Michael traveled through the Wiregrass on Oct. 10, 2018, after making landfall as a Category 5 storm with 160 mph sustained winds near Panama City, Florida.
>> Worked 59,872 man hours – including 15,369 hours of overtime and 1,357 hours of holiday pay.
>> Cleared 1,890 miles of county-maintained right-of-way and 200 miles of roads in various Houston County municipalities.
>> Collected 13,476 loads of debris, tallying 282,996 cubic yards.
>> Collected 243 loads of trash, tallying 904 tons.
Perhaps the most mind-boggling of the statistics is that only one Houston County employee suffered a lost-time accident during some perilous conditions and stressful days, Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said.
“If you consider all that they were crawling through, it’s astounding,” he said. “We have really focused on safety in the past several years, and it shows.”
FEMA update: One of the more important figures related to the cleanup will be the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s reimbursement of funds the county expended during cleanup and repair of things damaged in the storm. Because the damage reached a certain monetary threshold, the area received a public disaster declaration, meaning the federal government will reimburse local governments for 75 percent of their storm response costs at a minimum.
Culver said the county has received some of the refunds but has been told more will be coming in the next few weeks.
Meeting schedule: The Dothan City Commission will be busy during its Tuesday meeting as it will consider approval of the tenets of several major projects.
Commissioners will have the chance to consider project that relocate utilities related to the installation of a roundabout at Taylor Road and Campbellton Highway and the plans to expand Denton Road. The commission could also approve the City of Dothan’s portion of a project to install a roundabout at the intersection of Taylor Road and South Park Avenue.
Commissioners will also consider changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance during the 10 a.m. meeting at the Dothan Civic Center.
Elsewhere, the Dothan Board of Zoning Adjustment will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Dothan Civic Center.