BLANKET — Residents in Blanket made sure the town's community-wide clean-up Saturday was a "huge success," City Secretary Rose Wigham said.
"Oh my goodness … we had no clue this many people would participate," Wigham said.
City officials didn't keep count of the number of people who participated. Residents filled up the six roll-off containers the city rented from Progressive Waste, and had a seventh container brought in. Even that wasn't enough, as three additional containers will be brought in to collect overflow that could not be taken away, Wigham said.
Five of the containers were placed near the entrance to down in the area of U.S. Highway 67/377 and FM 1467. Another container was placed in an area that's been used as an "unofficial dump site people have used" — Main and Avenue I, Wigham said.
The cleanup didn't officially start until 7 a.m., but at 6:20, residents were lined up from two directions, waiting to be allowed access to the containers.
"We were really actually overwhelmed," Wigham said. "It just looks good. You drive around town and people were excited about it."
Wigham said residents had positive attitudes and helped each other.
"It makes you proud to be part of this little community when something that big turns out the way it did," Wigham said.
Residents are invited to bring items including carpet, bedding, appliances, scrap metal, brush and limbs, and tires from cars and small pickups.