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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Putnam County and City of Cookeville officials announced today the implementation of a debris removal plan that will soon begin on city and county-maintained roads in response to the Super Tuesday Tornadoes.

The contract for debris clean-up is currently being finalized. Once contracted operations begin, the contractor will be instructed to prioritize debris removal based on areas where the tornadoes caused the most impact, to the extent that these areas can be safely accessed to perform debris removal.

Residents of impacted areas that can safely do so are asked to place any storm-generated construction, demolition and vegetative debris onto the public right-of-way.  The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. 

Residents are urged to separate the debris as follows:

·       VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)

·       CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION DEBRIS (building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses, plumbing)

·       WHITE GOODS (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)

·       HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)

·       ELECTRONICS (TVs, computers, stereos, printers, faxes)

Only loose debris will be collected. BAGGED DEBRIS SHOULD NOT be placed on the public right-of-way.

Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility. Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection until further notice. 

City and county contractors will make multiple passes in the coming weeks through the impacted areas.  If residents cannot safely sort and place debris at this time, or if contractors cannot safely enter impacted areas, additional debris removal passes will be scheduled in the near future.  City and county officials urge all residents to make personal safety a top priority and to only set out debris if it is safe to do so at this time.

For more information, please call 931-646-4636 (INFO) or visit