We knew the clean up would be a long process after hurricane Irene hit, but it's stretching longer than some neighborhoods anticipated.
Streets in Kinston are still lined with huge piles of debris from trees cut down to smaller pieces to entire root systems and trunks. Curbs are still lined with debris waiting to be picked up. The city manager, Bill Ellis, says the city knows there is still a lot to do and they haven't slowed down yet. He says all debris is brought to the landfill where it will be ground up for mulch or other uses.
In Jacksonville they are almost at the halfway mark of cleanup after Irene. City manager Richard Woodruff says 100,000 cubic feet of debris was left behind after Irene. So far they've cleaned up 40-thousand cubic feet. To put it in perspective every 10-thousand cubic feet is roughly like a football field filled 6-feet high with debris. Jacksonville has 60 thousand cubic feet left or 6 football fields.