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ECUA to discontinue free flood debris pickup service
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - After offering free debris pick up for more then a month ECUA is about to discontinue their free service.
June 16th the service will no longer be free. Customers will be charged.
Since May 24th crews have collected 473 loads of debris. That's nearly 2,500 tons of material moved.
June 16th is the deadline and many people are now trying to get debris moved to the side of the road quickly.
ECUA says the discontinuation will not effect their bulk waste collection program. It's free for those who have residential sanitation service.
What will cost?
"Sheet rock, lumber, any kind of construction debris," said Jim Roberts.
Joe Winstead had nearly two feet of water inside his home. Causing $40,000 in damage.
"Four bedroom house everything gone." "I lost every stitch of furniture, you know half of my clothes, and all of my shoes," said Joe Winstead.
He says the free pick up has been a blessing. But, he just discovered more mold inside his home. Meaning more work needs to be done. He's racing to get that debris to the curb. While pick-up is free.
"I need every penny I can't get right now," said Winstead.
Jan Tracy also had to gut her home after a foot of water caused damage.
"We had it piled all the way on this side and in the front of our home. They were great. I mean the guys came in and just cleaned up and helped us. I mean they helped us a lot," said Jan Tracy.
Her home is almost back in order, but she feels the free service should be extended.
"I think that there are still some people in our area that need the help," said Tracy.
After June 16th if you still have debris that needs to be picked up, ECUA says all you have to do is call them, but you will be charged.