Impatient Villagers dumping debris from Irma at postal stations, recreation centers

Villagers are being asked not to dump debris from Hurricane Irma at postal facilities and recreation centers.

Apparently, Villagers have grown impatient waiting for Federal Emergency Management Agency-hauler Crowder Gulf Inc. to make the rounds and pick up debris from the storm which struck on Sept. 10 and 11 in The Villages. Pickup began on Sept. 15.

District Manger Janet Tutt has called on residents to be patient and has reminded them that The Villages encompasses 44 square miles. In an update issued last week, the District indicated pickup of debris could take up to three more weeks.   

A pile of debris was in a handicapped parking space Sunday afternoon at Colony Cottage Recreation Center.
A pile of debris was in a handicapped parking space Sunday afternoon at Colony Cottage Recreation Center.

“Moving debris from your residential property to recreation areas can be a safety hazard and it can impact the normal maintenance and upkeep of the recreation facilities,” the District said in an announcement made on Sunday afternoon.

Crowder Gulf Inc., headquartered in Mobile, Ala., specializes in disaster recovery.

Crowder Gulf Inc. is collecting debris from South Florida to Savannah, Ga. as a result of Hurricane Irma. Crews from the company also have been busy in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Earlier this year, Sumter County commissioners approved an on-call disaster debris hauling service contract with Crowder Gulf through May 25, 2018.