Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter October 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm TAGSCity of ApopkaStorm Debris removal Previous articleWest Orange shocks Blue Darters 31-27Next articleIt’s Official: Mott files for City Commission Seat #1 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia Reply October 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm Club Plantation had a lot of cars and people out there yesterday. I am going to have to go and see what all they have this year. This truly is one of my favorite times of the year. I would love to go to the mountains and “leaf peep”. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I am hearing big logs being dropped somewhere nearby……….. Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia October 15, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply James 1958, they came last night? Night time bobcat work in Summerset, really? LOL I wasn’t home last night. Wow….did they get everybody’s debris picked up there? We haven’t seen the big truck as of yet today……still hoping, fingers crossed. Reply October 16, 2017 at 12:01 am We exited the 429 and headed west on highway 50 toward going to Clermont the other day, and we were looking to see hurricane debris piled up along the highway, and looked to see damage from Irma while we were heading that way. Honestly, there was no debris at all along 50 all the way well into Clermont. I did not see any damage either except one sign blown out, and one old very large oak tree downed in a field. That was it. I even asked did Irma come through there? I knew of course, Irma came through there, but it was clean as a whistle along that route. James1958 Reply Mama Mia James 1958, We rode through Summerset subdivision and I saw the bobcat parked there near the intersection of Wells and Martin Streets off to the side. I thought oh, that is where it went. We drove on through, and saw a whole bunch of piles, and got on down to near Lake Av. still in the subdivision, and saw one of the claw trucks. Still hoping they are coming back to our street soon….. October 16, 2017 at 7:49 pm October 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia I am going to take a black magic marker and write on the end of my oak tree’s cut stump facing the cul-de-sac in my yard…..DO NOT REMOVE THIS STUMP…!!! I never thought about them trying to remove that. I can always spray the end of the wood with a solid black or brown paint after this debris removal ends, if it will prevent them from loosening my big cabbage palm and causing it to fall with the bobcat. This guy knows now, but there might be another one to come back around, who knows? The palm is about 15 years old. It was next to the blackjack oak tree when it partially uprooted, and went forward into the road in 2004. The palm then leaned toward the road too, but it straighten its self out with the sun. It is pretty good size, and I didn’t expect any problems where it is located, until today’s FEMA inspired “earthquake”…….. October 16, 2017 at 10:49 am Mama Mia Reply HURRICANE IRMA STORM DEBRIS UPDATEFrom the City of ApopkaTrucks and trailers are working across Apopka, with a newly expanded capacity of collecting up to 8,000 cubic yards of Hurricane Irma storm debris each day.Two new, double-loader vehicles began work in Apopka on Wednesday, bringing the total number of debris collection vehicles to six double-loaders and one single-loader. These vehicles are operated by the City’s outside storm debris contractor.Nearly 40,000 cubic yards have been collected so far by three city claw trucks and the outside contractor’s seven trucks. The contractor expects another double-loader truck to arrive next week, helping to accelerate clean-up work. Also, up to six new bucket trucks are scheduled to arrive next week to focus on hard-to-reach, damaged or hanging tree limbs.Crews currently are working in Rock Springs Ridge, Wekiva Glen, Pines of Wekiva, Sheeler Oaks and Piedmont Lakes. The City of Apopka has an estimated 200,000 cubic yards of storm debris remaining.As a result of these large vehicles needed for debris removal, residents are asked to follow these guidelines:• Please make every effort to keep the street clear of parked cars when debris crews are in your area.• Please help to keep storm drains clear. Residents can help aid the debris collection by sweeping up loose leaves and debris after each pass.• Please place debris between the curb and the sidewalk. Avoid placing debris in the street, near mailboxes, fire hydrants, or on top of water mains or electric transformers or underneath power lines or cable wires.• Please keep hurricane tree debris in its own pile.• Please keep bagged leaves & debris, construction debris, fencing, furniture, appliances or anything else separated from hurricane tree debris piles. This will help with the disposal process.Photos from The City of Apopka’s Facebook Page. Reply Okay, I am happy to report that the hurricane debris contractor, FEMA approved, I assume, came and made a visit to our street, just a little while ago, with a bobcat running around. We were like yeah, they came to remove the stuff! We watched the bobcat operator run around, and what he did was pick up a bunch of each neighbor’s piles, not all neighbors however, but he took the other’s stuff that was in their yards, over to one neighbor’s already existing pile, and piled all the other neighbor’s debris onto their pile, in front of their yard. I know that neighbor must love that. He got a lot of the debris, including the big log chunks we had at the cul-de-sac in front of the oak tree where the stump is still in the ground, and which was not removed, because it helps support the big cabbage palm that is behind it. The oak had been damaged previously in the hurricanes of 2004, can’t remember which hurricane, because there were so many, but the oak had been pushed over out into the road then by the force of the hurricane winds. This hurricane we cut the big limbs back, that was further damaged from Irma. However, we left the stump, as I said, to help support the palm. Well, the guy on the bobcat scooped up the big logs, and I was inside cooking, and stepped outside, and I look and I see my big cabbage palm shaking like there is an earthquake going on, and I thought, “oh no, surely he isn’t trying to lift up the oak stump that grows under the palm, as it is still in the ground” ( we left it there on purpose)….I told my husband, as he was up the street, and he talked to my neighbors, who were watching from their yards, and he asked them, did they see it shake, and they all said yeah. I mean, Ray Charles could have seen that it was still in the ground, and not out there to pick up….. Then our other neighbors saw that he was just getting tree debris, and they all came out front to their pile, and started sorting the fencing and other stuff they had piled all together, and the bobcat guy leaves, and goes on somewhere else, and there is other piles of debris that were out and sorted already and he didn’t even touch those that were branches only and logs. ??????? This past Thursday was 5 weeks since any branches or log debris have been removed on this street by the contractors and then Friday, Sat, and now today, they came, and tried to lift our oak tree that was still in the ground out from under our big cabbage palm…LOL Geesh! Plus, the debris is just piled up differently now, and no truck has come to remove it yet, so far today. Who can figure this system out? They started doing that last night in Summerset , today they were back, the guy driving the bobcat was consolidating piles, at 12:45 this afternoon the big truck came up the street and picked up all the consolidated piles, they are gone hoo – ray finally now we can get back to normal . Thank the Lord When you drive by the Seventh Day Adventist grounds over on 436 at Forest City area, and see all those mountains of mulch, that they have already ground up from the hurricane debris, it is a lot. That is one of the Seminole Co. drop off debris area, I understand. Coming down the road, you can smell that a half mile away. That is how it smelled over at the port, when I was going out on the Sun Cruz, after the 2004 hurricanes, and that area’s debris was piled beyond mountains high, and was being loaded onto ships, or maybe it was barges, headed to Japan, for some use they wanted it for, I was told. A really weird smell. 16 COMMENTS You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here October 16, 2017 at 9:37 am October 16, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply I’ve got my tree stump marked with Do Not Remove…..okay, this will take care of it, if another bobcat operator tries to lift it up and take it away….I think, unless another different bobcat operator is one who can’t read English, and might be Hispanic. I really don’t know how to write that message on my stump in Spanish. Hahahahaha…..don’t start with me now…… That same route on highway 50 had a bad tornado years ago, I can’t remember what the name of the road is that you turn to go south that leads to Knox Nursery, at the corner convenient store off of 50, but my mama and I drove that way, to see the tornado damage, that year, and the entire area looked like devastation trail, it was so bad. The corner store was messed up and closed and boarded up. The sign blown out. The large trees all along there were leafless and broken to pieces, like Halloween looking trees, there was even a sofa in the top of an barren oak tree, and all kinds of people’s belongings everywhere. There were items impaled into the telephone poles. At Hyde Park, on the north side of highway 50, which is a mobile home park, it was closed off to tornado sight seekers, and someone was killed there in the park when the tornado hit. Really bad……! I can’t remember what year that was. My mama and I used to go everywhere together, and look at all kinds of things. Another year there was an intense hail storm over in Sanford, and we went over there, and there were vehicles with dents all over them, some windows broken on homes, shingles messed up on homes, business signs broken, and what surprised me was how the plants, bushes, and trees all looked. It looked like all the leaves of the plants and trees had been put into a vegetable chopper or salad spinner. Totally shredded, and looked more like confetti lying around than leaf matter. Please enter your comment! Actually Pence as president scares me too. Reply Reply Wow….a reward of $10 million dollars has been offered by a man who has ran a full page ad in the Washington Post newspaper to anyone who has information on an impeachable offense by Trump. Dirt on Trump. Whatever you think of the man who ran the ad, regardless, you really owe it to yourself to read his full page ad he furnished to the Washington Post to be published. Now that is putting his money where his mouth is! There were things that I learned about the electoral college regarding how the “antique” system worked during our last election and how certain people were counted as only partial votes, even though those people could not vote (the slaves) in the past, and how certain other states (Wyoming, for example) came out on top, which means that their state’s people were valued at more than other state’s people, thus violating ” the one man, one vote rule”, and well, just read it yourself. Google the full page ad in the Washington Post that Larry Flynt ran to get possible evidence of an impeachable offense against Trump…..fingers crossed! Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom October 16, 2017 at 10:38 am Mama Mia Mama Mia October 16, 2017 at 9:40 am October 16, 2017 at 12:18 am Okay, I just saw the bobcat run back down our street, and he piled our other neighbor’s debris onto the other big pile…..are we having fun, or what? It must be getting close to the time for the big claw truck to come to our street! The excitement is in the air! Wheeeeee……. Mama Mia Reply However, the above post also worries me too. If Trump thinks that someone is trying to impeach him, he may start a new war just to stay in office. I think there is some clause that a president can stay on if the country is at a declared war, although we are currently fighting ISIS and some others…. Don’t know exactly how it is??? UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Mama Mia October 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm Reply Mama Mia October 16, 2017 at 10:32 am October 16, 2017 at 10:44 am Reply The big double decker black trailer with the claw just came to our street. The top of the trailer almost scraped the street light power lines. It was the California company, the tall trailer pulled by the white Dodge Ram truck 3500. They are ham-scam, if you ask me. They dropped bunches of stuff as they were clawing it into the trailer. Stuff falling all over the street. Our street actually looked better before this bunch came around. There is stuff all over the street. My husband got the push broom, and tried to make the street look better, but it was starting to get dark when they came around. They didn’t even get it all. They left stuff still in the piles. Messy, messy, messy is all I can say. Those big trucks also left some kind of motor fluid all over the street. They had the equipment they needed, but they didn’t seem to give a happy! Actually these outfits are too big for some of these streets. There were two here, and there was no room. I don’t mean to be critical, but the city needs to know how their contractors work is going. The smaller company that compiled the piles together did a lot better job, and was cleaner, the one that had the bobcat. It really makes me appreciate our own city crews that remove debris normally every week, because they are more careful, not as careless, and don’t leave those kinds of messes behind. October 15, 2017 at 5:03 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.