Concern brews for disabled homeowner after debris is left behind

GARDEN CITY, Ga. – Cut up trunks and debris are scattered in the front yard of a Garden City man’s home.

“They came shut the power off, dropped the wires, rolled the trucks in, cut the tree down,” Michael Cirrito, the upset homeowner, said.

Cirrito is referring to Georgia Power. He said they came to his home in the Plantation Mobile Estates around 7 Sunday night.

Workers cut limbs that were leaning on the power line due to Tropical Storm Hermine.

“About two hours later the wood chippers came through,” Cirrito said. “They moved the trucks out of the way so the white trucks could get out. They put the wires back up, everybody packed up and left.”

After they left, Cirrito said they didn’t clean anything that they left behind.

He suffers from multiple sclerosis and said there’s no way for him to move all of this by himself.

“It’s at least 2 to 3 feet in diameter and some of the pieces are 200 to 300 pounds a piece that there’s just no way I could do it,” Cirrito said.

Cirrito said he called the company in response.

He said Georgia Power would send an email to the Forest Department about the issue, but it could take 2 to 3 weeks to get a response.

That didn’t sit well with Cirrito.

“We have a lot of little kids that live in the trailer park,” Cirrito said. “This is a jungle gym for them. This is just a disaster waiting to happen.”

A disaster that’s pricey for him to get cleaned up.

“This is a job that would probably take a crew a whole day for a wood chipper to come in and do and it would be $500 to $600 for someone to come in and remove it,” Cirrito said.

Digging deeper, we spoke with one Georgia Power official who says he will work with Cirrito on fixing the problem.

“Following a storm our goal is to get everybody reconnected and make sure our equipment is safe to get the lines and poles are safe, and then make sure we coordinate with the county city and our private property owners,” Jacob Hawkins, the Georgia Power spokesman, said. “We’re sympathetic to his situation and we appreciate his concerns. We’re going to continue to work with him.”

Hawkins added that they will send a crew out to Cirrito’s home Tuesday to help clean up the mess.

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