The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $4.7 million contract Wednesday to Adventure Divers Inc. of Minot to remove flooding debris and sandbags from public right-of-ways in Minot.
This is the second debris removal contract awarded in Minot, and the third overall in Ward County.
Commercial business debris is ineligible for pickup under the Stafford Act, and businesses must coordinate with local officials regarding this issue.
To assist in making the residential debris removal operation as efficient as possible, the Corps requests residents place debris on the right-of-ways, within 10 feet of the roadway, and sort it into the following piles: construction and demolition materials, large appliances and white goods, hazardous waste, vegetative debris, electronics, and household goods.
All debris piles should be placed within 10 feet of the curb and away from trees, poles and other structures that will make removal difficult. Please do not block roadways. For more information on debris separation, go online to (www.minotnd.org/pdf/temp/removal.pdf).
Everyone is reminded to be vigilant due to the additional heavy equipment that will be operating on the streets and in neighborhoods. Large trucks, especially if fully loaded, cannot stop as quickly as a personal car or pickup truck.
To date, the Corps of Engineers has removed 7,500 tons of debris from Minot and 600 tons of debris from areas of Ward County.