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Debris from Hurricane Michael causes mowing issues in Jackson County

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 18:19:19-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — We keep realizing new ways that Hurricane Michael is still impacting the Panhandle.

Take Jackson County where Michael debris is still an eyesore. But the community is now running into another unsightly problem.

With piles of fallen trees, downed businesses, and more all over Jackson County, mowing around the county has become an issue.

The biggest issue making it hard to keep the county roads manicured are those downed power lines. Mowers keep running over the lines, which is in turn tearing up their equipment.

The county's executive assistant says this is something they've never dealt with before. Now those contractors are taking the issue to the county commission.

County commissioners have started to take steps to make sure those contractors are able to do their jobs effectively.

"They authorized a partial payment on an invoice for them to be able to repair the equipment that was damaged by that storm debris," said Kristie Cloud, Jackson County Executive Assistant. "They're also staying in touch with him through our road and bridge department to keep tabs on where the mowing is happening and where he plans to be next."

The county started its final pass for debris removal earlier this month. That means that once the debris is picked up on your street, they won't come by again.

Anyone who wants to report debris issues can email debris@jacksoncountyfl.com.