Two weeks after a destructive winter storm, sticks and branches still litter the streets in parts of Waynesboro. The clean up process has been an ongoing one, but there is still work to be done.
Two-tenths to nearly half an inch of ice coated the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains earlier in November. The extra weight from leaves and ice caused a number of trees and power lines to snap.
After debris fell, people’s electricity went out and left behind another kind of mess. Neighbors say the freezing rain that caused much of the mess made some of the worst damage they have seen in years.
“This was actually an awakening,” said Waynesboro resident Susan Johnson. “We said it’s time because some of our neighbors have had considerable damage to their homes from fallen trees.”
Some tree companies say they have been working 10 hours a day to help remove some of the debris.
The city of Waynesboro will start collecting storm debris on December 3. Residents are asked to place limbs and sticks on the side of the road no later than 7 a.m. that day.