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DOT: Irene debris enough to fill 2,600 school buses

Posted October 11, 2011

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— Crews cleaning up from Hurricane Irene have removed enough debris from state roadways to fill about 2,600 school buses, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

That's equivalent to more than 55,000 tons of trees and limbs that fell after the Category 1 hurricane struck across the eastern half of the state in late August, and pickup still isn't finished.

The state says that although it has completed cleanup in Columbus and Sampson counties, crews are still collecting debris in 34 other counties that have been designated by the federal government for public disaster assistance.

Residents can still place debris from the storm along the side of the road for pickup, but they should be patient while crews work.

The state is only collecting vegetation debris, such as trees and limbs – not that from construction and demolition, the DOT said.

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  • Riddickfield Oct 12, 2011

    So THAT'S where the money for the 'education lottery' is going! Now will they bus the trash to more economically deprived areas of the state where free lunches are more prevalent?

  • wdprice3 Oct 12, 2011

    Ok, who thought schools buses were a unit of measure? No wonder you all fight the conversion to metric so hard.

  • fayncmike Oct 12, 2011

    "That's it? 2600 School buses? NC should be able to handle that without gov't assistance. OH WAIT! sorry. Forgot Bev has taken as much money as she could out of such services.
    corvair024"

    What the heck is government for if not to take care of the people?????

  • Screw WrAl Oct 11, 2011

    I hope you don't plan to use them for neighborhood schools. After 8pm's election results those will no longer be a possibility. So carry on.

  • lanecc Oct 11, 2011

    So why are they putting it in school buses? I guess this busing thing is really serious. Make sure it includes all sorts of trees. Just kidding. Couldn't resist the comment.

  • corvair024 Oct 11, 2011

    That's it? 2600 School buses? NC should be able to handle that without gov't assistance. OH WAIT! sorry. Forgot Bev has taken as much money as she could out of such services.