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New Hanover County waits on FEMA to deal with debris issue

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)-- As Hurricane Irene crashed through the Cape Fear region it left plenty of debris in it's wake.

New Hanover County Commissioners say they are waiting on FEMA to see if the government will cover the cost for debris collection.

Commissioners also said that according to an Alabama debris pickup company that they work with, it would cost $400,000-500,000 for the county to clean all of the debris.

"Since we don't have that guarantee from FEMA the county is not comfortable with going forth and coming up with the kind of money that would have to be spent in cleanup if we have to pay for it ourselves," New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis said. "Quite frankly it's not budgeted."

Commissioners also said that they do not expect to receive the funds from FEMA. That means that residents that do not live in the city or other incorporated areas will have to discard of the debris on their own.

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Not budgeted? Quite frankly this has been the worst county commissioners board we have had in years. We live in a hurricane prone area and the county has made no effort to allow in the budget for clean-up? I don't understand why our county landfill stopped taking yard debris. Of any type of material that would compost quickly and be cleaner it would be yard debris. I'm sorry but I'm just not into being forced to pay a company such as the one Thompson owns and others to take my yard debris, pay them to do so and them turn around and sell it for a profit. I think you idiots on the county board need to look into why we can't dispose of yard waste like we use to at the county landfill before all these companies we have to pay now started up. Do something useful for a change that would benefit the actual county you where voted in to help. I know that none of you will ever get my vote again, you are horrible at what you have been voted in to do. It's like watching a three ring circus with you people as the clowns. Oh as far as Thompson his name may not be on any of the deeds or tax records but he is still the head controller in that business. He is a big conflict of interest in my oppion.

Did you really have to go

Did you really have to go and insult clowns?

Something wrong in New Hanover County

Let me see we live on the coast. We have had hurricanes before now Mr.Davis on television states tha we did not budget for hurricane clean-up but wait it gets better you can take your debri to one of our good ole boys on the commission for 20-35 dollars a pick up load. What a bunch of BS let the handicap, elderly , and those on limited incomes make one of our commissioner a little richer. Sounds like a plan only commissioners in New Hanover County can come up with. I can not wait for the next election I promise I will be fighting for change. Its time to spread the wealth and taxes to tje people that pay them. WE sure do not get what we paid for in this county. I would love to sell my house to the county for what they apprasied it at I would leave tomorrow.

This is a blatant political move

They will refuse to pick up the debris, then use this example as justification to advance their proposed takeover of county trash hauling.

Don't fall for it! Gather it into a pile, get an online burning permit, and burn it in place, safely.

Don't accept tyranny!


I would gather it into a pile if I could, but I can't even walk from my bedroom to my kitchen without oxygen. I live on a fixed income and can't afford to pay someone to haul it away. What are the sick and elderly supposed to do? Just the smoke from all the fires could put me into respiratory arrest.

I helped pay for Katrina to get cleaned up. Why can't I get some help when I need it?


Because Barfield and Thompson have a political agenda/business deal they want to ram down our throats.


Agreed! ALMOST wish Thompson was running again so I could vote him OUT!!!

From all the money the

From all the money the county makes through every effort it takes to Fine peole im sure they can come up with the money with the great profit they make from the people...City made at least 3,000 form in in pass two years in parking and im sure the list goes on...Stop Lying

Something the people of New

Something the people of New Hanover actually need for a change and they didn't budget for it? Why am I not surprised.