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Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:05

Panama City, Fla., Has Picked up 20 Years' Worth of Debris After Hurricane Michael. They're Still Not Finished

(TNS) — In 90 days, Panama City has picked up 20 years' worth of debris from the roadside, with plenty more to go.

"Until you start picking it up, you don't realize how bad we got hammered," quipped Mayor Greg Brudnicki.

Since Hurricane Michael swept through the region with a grudge against trees, city contractors have picked up 2.5 million cubic yards worth of debris, Panama City solid waste manager Shane Daugherty said, with an estimated 1.5 million cubic yards to go.

This is in addition to the clean-up happening elsewhere in the county. Bay County has picked up around 5 million cubic yards of debris, and when all is said and done officials are expecting to have about 9 million cubic yards of debris cleared, according to Brudnicki.

"To put that in perspective, in Hurricane Irma there was only 2.5 million cubic yards of debris in 50 counties," Brudnicki said. "By the time we get through, we will have 7 or 8 times as much."