Eastbound traffic on Interstate 40 was lined up near Shell Lake on Tuesday. Travel headaches continued today but temperatures above freezing helped to ease the situation. Photo by Kendall Owens.
The winter storm that snarled traffic, left many residents without electric service and closed area schools is now forcing a delay in garbage collection for customers of the Forrest City and St. Francis County solid waste departments.
According to Public Works Director Mose Metcalf, all garbage routes will be pushed back by two days due to the storm.
"It was just too hazardous for our drivers, other motorists and our equipment for us to have those trucks out there over the last couple of days. We'll start on Monday's routes today. We hope to be in a position to pick up Thursday’s and Friday's routes on Saturday and have this behind us," said Metcalf.
Walter Borden, County Solid Waste Supervisor, said county collection will also be delayed with all garbage hopefully collected by Saturday.
"It's been rough, but we're hoping to start on Monday’s and Tuesday's routes tomorrow, and we're going to work Friday and Saturday to try to get everything caught up. We just hope everyone will be patient with us," said Borden.