Jones County debris cleanup to go through December

JONES COUNTY, NC (WITN) Debris cleanup from Hurricane Florence is still going on in some areas and officials in Jones County say there's still so much to be cleaned up that they're still not sure when crews will make their final sweeps.

Piles of gutted out businesses, churches, and homes still sit curbside in Jones County today, nearly two months after Hurricane Florence.

There is no definite date on when disaster cleanup crews will leave the county, but officials expect it to go into the end of December.

There are two contractors working to do debris cleanup and officials say they will be hurrying to get everything cleared before the holidays.

Jones County Manager Franky Howard says, "Some of that debris that's been there since the first day, they can go ahead and get that picked up, and I know we've got holidays coming up, so we're trying to get all of that done before any Christmas parades and holiday events that we have going on."

There is no deadline yet for people to get their debris ready for pickup, but officials say the sooner all debris is put out, the quicker the process will go.

Jones County will hold a FEMA buyout public meeting to discuss FEMA purchasing property in certain flood zones. That meeting is set for next Thursday night at 6:30 in the gym of Jones Senior High School.