The City of Coral Gables has a total of 244.3 centerline miles of local roads − that is if we put all our roads together, from beginning to end, it would equal almost 500 miles of swales within our 13 square mile boundaries.
On September 11, as soon as the all clear was given after Hurricane Irma, the City's rescue recon teams fanned out through the City to clear these roads and establish citywide access for emergency vehicles. After the roadways were cleared, our Public Works Department − along with debris contractors - began the arduous job of collecting, processing, and hauling out debris from our local roads and neighborhoods.
In just five weeks since these efforts began on September 16, City crews have collected more than 330,000 cubic yards of debris (as of October 22), the equivalent of the work done in one and a half years of trash collection. Best of all, there have been no injuries reported.
As announced last week, regular bulk trash pickup service has resumed in Coral Gables, as the rest of our sanitation operations return to normal. The City continues to address the pending trees that need to be righted and the approximately 300 tree stumps that need to be removed in the upcoming weeks.
The City of Coral Gables wants to thank the entire community for their patience and continued support throughout this experience.