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City urges early cleanup before hurricane season
by Gary Kent
Mar 16, 2011 | 1200 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the April 9 Spring Clean, citywide cleanup day approaches, Lanny Holland and Ronald “Buddy” Hardy are reminding people this will be an excellent time to clean up for hurricane season.

The season officially begins June 1.

High winds, possible flooding and all the other problems that come with hurricanes can be even more damaging when tree limbs, discarded lumber and other items are left lying around the yard.

In observance of National Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 14-18), the city is encouraging residents to take steps to protect their homes and businesses from the effects of high water.

People who own property in flood-prone areas need to be aware that regular property insurance normally does not cover flood damage. However, flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program, which is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Spring Clean event allows residents to discard as many unwanted items as they can load onto a trailer or in the back of a pickup truck during one busy Saturday each year.

It has become a popular event with vehicles backed up waiting to enter the city’s equipment yard at 200 S. Jackson St.

Residents often assist elderly and disabled neighbors clean up their property.

Others help the residents get the items to the curb where volunteer groups will collect them on the day of the event.

Hardy said this year should be more successful than last year.

Cold, wet weather affected the turnout of volunteers last year, but this year a large number of individuals, businesses and civic organizations will be involved.

Hardy said he has heard from Dave Moore, Bill Hooten, Bee Proud Bee Clean, the Beeville Rotary Club, The Best Western Texan Inn, the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department, Larry Dziuk of Superior Auto Sales Inc., Riley Vega of Diamond Finish Auto Clinic, Rice Plumbing and others who are interested in providing manpower and vehicles for the effort.

The city will open the gates to the equipment yard at 8 a.m. on April 9, and close the operation by 5 p.m.

The trucks and trailers usually start lining up at the gates long before they open.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.

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