Lengthy Debris Removal Process Means Big Business for Local Company

Four weeks after a major windstorm left damage throughout the area, many are growing impatient with the city's debris removal process and for one local company, that's good news.

It has been a lengthy process, but the city is making progress on debris removal with crews slowly making their way to the city's core. Some, however, have not been willing to wait. That's where Tom Hill's company comes in.

"We've seen a real influx of business from the storm," said Hill. He is the CEO of Tulsa waste removal company, American Waste Control.

Hill says, they have seen a major spike in business since the July 23 storm that left damage throughout the area.

"We saw the spike, literally, the next day -- a huge influx of volume," Hill said.

City crews are working steadily to remove the debris, but Hill says for some, the city's time frame just doesn't work.

The response has been -- at times -- overwhelming for the company.

"It has been a good increase in our revenues, but, again, you have to be very careful. You can't gauge, based on the situation. You have to keep your normal rates, you have to keep your normal services, and that sometimes is hard when you have that much business coming in."

Hill says, while much of their post-storm business has come from residents, commercial properties have really needed the extra hand, as they have gone without debris collection from the city, entirely.

"We're seeing an average, in the beginning, of anywhere from 30 to 40 calls a day, to now -- it's tapered off to more like 5 to 10 calls a day," Hill pointed out.

The city says it is on track with its projected debris collection schedule. They say, they estimated that it would take around one month to complete.