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      Debris removal creates jobs in Georgetown County

      Georgetown County's debris removal contractors have begun picking up debris left over from the winter storm that went through the area two weeks ago.

      Though the process is moving forward, the county's debris monitoring firm, Thompson Consulting Services, needs to hire local residents to work as monitors to help the work proceed more quickly.

      Interested candidates may apply for the jobs online at or by calling (843) 503-8092. Please leave a name and contact information.

      County officials say Thompson began with a need to hire 20 local people at $10 an hour. Finding people who wanted those temporary jobs has taken longer than the county expected.

      "It probably has something to do with the fact that it's long hours, it's all weather conditions, just some of the criteria that go with it," said Georgetown County Public Information Officer Jackie Broach.

      Broach says most positions have now been filled, though five jobs remain open.

      Fred Davis, Director of Georgetown County Environmental Services, says the county has already collected 9,500 cubic yards of storm debris and they're just getting started on a process that could take weeks to complete.

      "The timeline was somewhere around a month time period and then in that point in time we can reevaluate and find out whatever other areas that we need to focus on," said Davis.

      The debris will be put to good use, Davis says. It will end up as mulch that may be sold by the county or made available to county residents.

      As debris removal progresses, residents are reminded to place any storm-related vegetative yard debris on the public right-of-way for pickup. The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. It does not include private drives.

      Georgetown County debris removal contractors will remove only storm-generated vegetative debris. Bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way; only loose vegetative yard waste will be collected. Do not place debris near mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants or any other above-ground utility.

      For more information about debris removal, call (843) 545-3999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.