The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Phillips and Jordan, Inc. are collecting flood debris from flood-impacted state highways in Weld County.
Residents who live near the highways are urged to bring their flood-related debris to just off the pavement next to the highway, where it will be picked up over the next couple of weeks.
Residents are urged to have flood-generated debris ready for pick up prior to the date of pickup.
Debris crews will be working through the weekend and through next week on the following highways:
Monday: U.S. 34.
Tuesday-Thursday: Colo. 52, Colo. 66, Colo. 60 and Colo. 119.
During cleanup, crews will be working in CDOT right-of-way as well as under bridges and near streams.
Debris piles should be 3 feet from the side of the highway to allow for any snow removal operations. Do not block the roadway, waterways or any culverts with debris.
Debris crews will not access private property or city/county roads to pick up debris, so residents will need to place any flood-related debris right along the edge of the highway to have it removed.
Flood-damaged debris that will be picked up include vegetation waste such as branches, plants, trees and grass; construction and demolition waste such as wood framing from houses, furniture, carpet, clothes, concrete, etc.; white waste such as appliances including refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, hot water heaters, dishwashers and microwave ovens; electronic waste such as computers, televisions, DVD players, telephones, and microwave ovens; household hazardous waste such as paints, cleaners, solvents, propane tanks, petroleum products, etc.; and car waste such as car parts, including batteries.
Regular household garbage will not be picked up.
Once collected, debris is taken directly to local landfills for final disposal or to CDOT properties to be reduced and eventually used for construction or slope stabilization.
Any vehicle materials found in debris piles will be searched for a VIN number and, if a VIN is found, CDOT will keep it on record. Citizens still searching for their vehicles post-flood can contact CDOT to see if their vehicle has been recovered.
For questions about the debris removal process, go to the CDOT flood information website at www.coloradodot.info/travel/floodinfoupdates.