The Dothan Public Works Department starts burning hurricane debris

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Dothan Public Works Department has finished collecting debris from Hurricane Michael.

Now, it's time for them to get rid of it.

They've gotten permits to conduct controlled burns in a lot at the corner of Webb and Omussee roads.

The department collected four large piles of natural debris, and it will take several weeks to burn all of them safely.

They also gathered unnatural debris - like treated wood and sheet rock, but it couldn't be burned and had to be taken to a landfill.

"People asked, ‘Why did you pick up my neighbors’ and didn't pick up mine,' well, you had fencing material out there, or maybe you had damage to part of your house and you had sheet rock out there, and we just left some of that early on and got what we call the 'clean pile,’ said Dothan Public Works Director Charles Metzger. “Then we came back by."

Metzger says he is hoping to have all the piles burned by the middle of February.