Beaufort County Not Picking Up Tornado Debris, Tab Could Be $300,000

Nearly a month after EF-2 tornadoes blew through neighborhoods in Beaufort County damaging and destroying dozens of homes, large piles of debris have been left on the side of the roads and homeowners are wondering who's job is it to clean it up.

Large piles of siding, windows, shingles, and debris dot Whichards Beach road in Chocowinity.

Ronnie Barr, who moves around in a motor scooter, says his home was damaged and says without the help of volunteers, the debris wouldn't have been cleaned up.

Barr says, "It should be cleaned up. We have money allotted for things like this. The government has money for things like this and the governor said he'd clean it up but it hasn't happened here yet."

Beaufort County Commissioner Hood Richardson says, "I realize that federal and state policy during the last ten years has changed drastically, but the county government, we do not intend to get involved in saving everybody from everything."

Richardson says because the cost estimate to clean up debris didn't meet the threshold set by FEMA, the county didn't receive federal aid.

He says if the county hauls the debris, it would cost tax payers more than $300,000.

Richardson says, "I don't really think it's up to the taxpayers of the whole county to pay because someone happened to be damaged from a natural event."

County officials say vegetative debris can be taken to the landfill on Hawkins Beach road for free.

Debris like siding, shingles and the like can be taken to the landfill on Flanders Filter road. There will be a tipping fee around $60.00.

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