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Ian debris collection begins in St. Johns County

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Corey Perrine
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Florida Times-Union
Brad Clivy cleans up debris in St. Augustine on Sept. 30, 2022.

Residents of St. Johns County can now get rid of debris from Tropical Storm Ian, which caused a reported $60 million in damage in the county after demolishing the Fort Myers area and crossing the state.

The county said Thursday that it has begun the Hurricane Ian Debris Collection Program. Residents are encouraged to move all storm debris to the curb as crews will collect it from the public right of way.

St. Johns County requests that residents follow these guidelines:

  • Place all storm debris in the right of way at the curb.
  • Deposit debris at least 3 feet from utility boxes, mailboxes, hydrants and other obstacles.
  • Separate vegetation from all other storm-related debris.
  • Clear debris from any low-hanging wires or branches.
  • Do not include chemicals, bio-waste or hazardous waste.

Ian affected 636 homes in St. Johns County, according to a report Thursday by The Florida Times-Union, a WJCT News partner. A total of 380 homes had cosmetic damage, 223 had flooding under 18 inches and 34 had flooding over 18 inches.

St. Augustine Beach Pier is closed until an assessment of the structure can be completed, the Times-Union said. County Road 13 and Old A1A also need repairs. Repairing parts of Old A1A is estimated to cost $18 million, according to St. Johns County.

Residential garbage and recycling collection has resumed its normal schedule in the county. Waste Management and Republic Services are collecting all containerized debris. The large amount of yard debris caused by the storm could affect residential service.

For questions related to residential or storm debris collection, call the Solid Waste Division at 904.827.6980 or email solidwaste@sjcfl.us.

For updates on recovery efforts in St. Johns County, go to visit sjcfl.us/hurricane.