From the City of Apopka
The City of Apopka is proceeding today with emergency procurement efforts in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency rules to speed up the removal of storm debris following Hurricane Irma.
Several private companies offered proposals to assist the city in collecting an estimated 250,000 cubic yards of damaged trees, limbs and other debris piled up along local streets. An agreement is being sought as soon as possible to begin that additional assistance in the most timely manner possible.
Meanwhile, city crews have collected tons of storm debris from homes and businesses since Hurricane Irma passed through this part of Florida on Sept. 11. The city also cleared trees and debris blocking more than 300 streets.
The city’s primary goals are to clean up debris as quickly as possible, to negotiate the lowest cost for private services and to meet all requirements for federal reimbursement of city funds.
Apopka is one of many government agencies across the state seeking companies to assist with debris removal – a huge demand created by widespread impacts of Hurricane Irma. The city had previously contracted with a debris removal company shared by Orange County, but the company reported on Wednesday that it would not be able to perform its services. City officials immediately initiated the process of seeking a new vendor.
Residents also may drop off storm debris at one of 11 Orange County sites including the Zellwood Maintenance Unit at 3500 Golden Gem Road.
An expected schedule for debris collection will be released once an agreement is reached.
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