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Zebulon homeowner upset with piles of storm debris still around

It's been two months since a tornado tore through parts of Wake County. One resident still has storm debris in front of her home and can't get it removed.

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Ken Smith
, WRAL anchor/reporter
ZEBULON, N.C. — It's been two months since a tornado tore through parts of Wake County.

Zebulon was one of the hardest hit areas. However, despite the massive amount of clean-up in the area, mountains of debris still litter some areas of that community.

In front of Julie Bolin's home, along Highway 97, is a pile od debris which stands well over 6 feet tall. When she looks out her window, the biggest thing she sees is a mountain of decaying trees and leaves.

She's checked with the state Department of Transportation and the Town of Zebulon for help. A DOT spokesperson told us the department does not remove debris from private property. Officials with the Town of Zebulon said because she lives outside city limits, they can't help either. Now, she says, she doesn't know where to turn for help.

"I would like it gone, I honestly would," Bolin said. "I wish I could get it gone and I could get my rose bushes back and get the fence recovered and all of that. I just want things back to normal.

Bolin is on a fixed income and can't afford to pay to have the pile of debris removed from in front of her home. She said, at this point, she might have to rely on the kindness of volunteers to remove all of it.

Homeowners like Bolin are being encouraged to check their insurance policies to see if it covers storm debris removal. Experts say, that could mean the difference of thousands of dollars to get your property cleaned up after a storm.


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