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Cold temps slow removal of Genesee Towers debris

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(02/06/14) - It's been about a month and a half since Genesee Towers came crashing down in downtown Flint.

For the most part, the big pile of rubble is still sitting where it fell.

Project Director Dave Lurvey says crews are running about one month behind schedule because of the bitter cold weather we've experienced since the implosion on Dec. 22.

"We were lucky to have it come down the day it did," Lurvey said. "We had an ice storm the day of it."

Since then?

"Mother Nature has not been kind to us," he said. "The snow amounts have affected us slightly, but the sub zero temps make it difficult to work out here."

They also make it difficult to truck the debris away from the area and over to the Brent Run Landfill in Montrose Township, where the majority of it is headed.

Lurvey says crews are in the process of staging a scale system to help weigh loads.

"The frost laws will really dictate when we're able to have this cleaned up this year. It's a slow process. You have to weigh the vehicles, make sure we meet load restrictions so the trucking will be slower than anticipated," he said. "The State of Michigan puts frost laws on whenever the frost starts to leave the ground. Load restrictions are put in place to avoid damaging the roadways."

Lurvey estimates there's still about 28,000 tons of concrete rubble to remove at the site.

"Hopefully Mother Nature will give us a break and we'll catch back up on our schedule," he said.

Cleanup was supposed to be finished by May. Lurvey says they should be able to stay on track and remove all of the rubble "very close" to the original time frame.

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