BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The task of cleaning up and disposing of mountains of debris has been one of the most challenging and time-consuming operations for local communities in Alabama following the outbreak of storms and tornadoes in April. Through teamwork and persistence, though, debris removal is nearing completion statewide, as 133 communities report their operations are finished.
Since the cleanup effort began, around 95 percent of the estimated 10 million cubic yards of debris has been cleared from public streets, curbsides and private property.
“Targeted cleanup is taking place in a few counties,” said State Coordinating Officer Jeff Byard with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. “There are still some isolated areas in the state where a final sweep is needed before all our attention becomes focused on rebuilding and recovering.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers removed almost 5.1 million cubic yards of debris, including more than 701,000 cubic yards from private property, and almost 4.4 million cubic yards from the right of way. Contractors and jurisdictions using their own workforce reported a total of more than 4.4 million cubic yards of debris removed.
“Clearing this much debris, after the biggest disaster on record in Alabama is the result of the whole community, survivors, volunteers, businesses, local, state and federal partners, working together as a team,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Joe M. Girot with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “This brings Alabama one step closer to rebuilding safer, stronger and more resilient.”
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