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Ice Storm Remnants Still Remain In Parts Of Wake County

Posted March 11, 2003

— Some leftovers from December's ice storm may linger until spring.

Peg and Buck Priester's north Raleigh neighborhood is still littered with lingering memories of December's ice storm.

"All the debris was on the street probably a week after the ice storm, and that was in early December, and it's still here now," Buck said.

Their street is outside the city limits, and therefore not maintained by the state, so while their neighbors gradually saw their debris picked up, Peg and Buck waited.

"The truck picking up the debris got to the corner and stopped, and I understand that somebody at the DOT (Department of Transportation) called and told them not to pick up this street," Buck said.

"It's sometimes a difficult process, and you have to be patient with it. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't understand the process," DOT engineer Brandon Jones said.

Because December's ice storm was considered a federal disaster, the state needed assurances that they would be reimbursed.

"The whole goal of this is get it up as quick as we can, but also that it doesn't cost our state a whole lot of money," Jones said.

"I think it's totally unfair. We pay taxes just like everybody else pays taxes," Peg said. "We're acting like little children that don't have a home. We don't belong to the county because we don't get any services here at all."

Debris removal in Wake County will start in mid-April and last until the end of May.


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