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The Cost Of Cleanup Following Sunday Storms

Towns and residents hit by Sunday's storm are now getting ready for the financial storm of dealing with the disaster.

The Pitt County town of Grimesland only has two public works employees to handle the massive cleanup effort. Since no emergency declaration was issued for area affected by the storm, there's no federal money or assistance from F.E.M.A to help or offset costs of clean up. People impacted will also feel the impact because of no emergency declaration.

Grimesland's public works director Lee Latham says, "In this economic time, any extra expense becomes a burden on the town. We're a very small town, limited resources so any help we can get is greatly appreciated."

The sheriff's office did provide some additional manpower. They asked inmates at the jail to volunteer to clear debris around the town and set up piles along the side of the road.

Residents will have to get their vegetative debris to the curb in order for the town to pick it up. Large trees that can't be placed in a dump truck or lifted by the town's small back hoe, will be the resident's responsibility and expense.


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