Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Highway Services Responds to Aftermath of Derecho

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett visited Silver Spring to survey damage caused by Friday’s storm. He thanked the crews who have been working non-stop since then to clear roads of trees, limbs and debris.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) provided special storm tree debris collections on County maintained roads in the the aftermath of the destructive derecho that occurred on June 29. The one-time collection was a special service provided to help residents with the massive clean up resulting from the storm.
DHS crews systematically followed the County’s 217 snow plow routes, picking up tree debris located within the County right-of-way. DHS’s storm operations map listed closed roads and allowed residents to track the progress of crews collecting debris.
Immediately following the storm, DHS sprang into action to clear blocked roads, but some streets remained closed for several days until PEPCO could remove power lines entangled in fallen trees.
Residents who still have tree debris to dispose may continue to bundle branches and tree limbs for County-provided trash and yard trim curbside collection or drop off items at the County’s Transfer Station. For information on cleanup instructions for fallen tree limbs, visit the Division of Solid Waste Services website.