Little Rock, AR -- The City of Camden has completed 80 percent of its debris cleanup from the December ice storms and expects to complete the task by March 9, Mayor Chris Claybaker said today.
"We're really pleased with the way Camden is handling this massive cleanup effort," said Joe D. Bray, federal coordinating officer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Our role here is to help the state and local communities recover from this disaster, and we're impressed with the effort that Camden, along with other local and county governments throughout Arkansas, has put forth in this recovery."
Mayor Claybaker estimates Camden's cleanup costs will total about $810,000. So far, cleanup crews have removed about 80,000 cubic yards of branches and other storm debris.
"When problems cropped up early in the debris disposal effort, the mayor addressed them head on," Bray said. "He shut down operations and called for a meeting of FEMA and city officials. Working together, we resolved all issues.
"I commend Mayor Claybaker for his quick action and swift results," Bray added. "He put the cleanup back on track in three days."
Through April 28, FEMA is paying 100 percent of the eligible costs for debris cleanup in this disaster instead of the usual 75 percent. The bulk of the cleanup work throughout the state should be completed by the April date, Bray said.