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Debris Clean Up: 'Crews On The Way'

Debris collects on a street in Navarre.
Jennie McKeon/WUWF Public Meda
Debris collects on a street in Navarre.

Debris cleanup from Hurricane Sally is still underway as another storm is expected to roll in Friday night. 

In Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, piles of debris are lined up in front of neighborhoods and businesses. Local officials are urging citizens to be patient as crews work to remove debris or secure their debris to mitigate further damage. 

In Escambia County, residents can drop off debris at these locations:

  • 745 County Road 99, McDavid
  • Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Highway
  • John R. Jones Junior Athletic Complex
  • Lexington Terrace, South Old Corry Road
  • Baars Field, 13020 Sorrento Road
  • Park East, 1233 Fort Pickens Road

In Santa Rosa County, residents can drop off their debris at the Central landfill, 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton. The south-end of the county still has piles of debris along Highway 98. Public Information Officer Brandi Bates said she’s received calls on the matter.
“We understand concerns regarding debris and have 45 crews working diligently sunup to sundown in all five districts of the county seven days a week,” she said via email. “With 5,000 roads in the county and 900,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and another 15,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris, cleanup will take up to 90 days.”

Bates said residents concerned about flying debris from potential winds may want to seek shelter outside of the cone of uncertainty. The county will release shelter locations as they become open. 

At Tuesday’s press conference, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said 196,00 cubic yards of debris has been collected in city limits out of the total 275,000 cubic yards. Crews will be out throughout the week, possibly even Friday, to collect as much as they can. 

“There is the possibility we may not get to some areas,” Robinson said. “Prioritize what’s still out there and secure those things in the best manner that you can.” 

Jennie joined WUWF in 2018 as digital content producer and reporter.