Officials take aerial survey of lake debrisPublished 11:51am Thursday, December 22, 2011
Officials from the Alabama EMA, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Alabama Power flew over Lake Martin in a plane to survey the debris that became evident after the recent winter drawdown.
State EMA Director Faulkner said that they are working to get the remaining debris off the shorelines.
“We are in the process of putting together a plan to get it removed after the first of the year,” Faulkner said. “We are positive we can get in there and get debris removed before the water goes back up in February.”
As previously reported, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed its mission to rid Lake Martin of the tornado debris on July 25. The mission started the week of June 13, and lake crews used a rig that consisted of a small barge and an extended reach trackhoe to clean the lake. They reported that they were going 18 feet below the water level and. upon completion, said that they had recovered a total of 15,157 cubic yards of debris.
Faulkner said that the EMA is working in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Corrections, Department of Transportation, as well as the Tallapoosa County Commission and Engineers Officer, Tallapoosa County EMA, Alabama Power and couple of resident associations to get the job completed.
“Its going to take an effort by everyone with a stake in this to get it done in the timeframe we need and to get it done the way it needs to be done,” Faulkner.
Faulkner said that he expects to have a date set for the final plan sometime in the next week or so. In the meantime, Faulkner encouraged all homeowners that are able to pick up small debris on their shoreline, if it can be done safely.
“If its a piece of debris that can be safely and easily cleaned up, picking this debris up would make it much easier for us to get the items that can’t be picked up by an individual,” Faulkner said.