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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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2015 years 10 months ago

There is supposed to be an Emergency fund for these reasons. I guess that fund has been depleted. When will these people learn how to balance a budget and why should FEMA have to provide the emergency fund. This service should be provided by the county without the hurricane,. I am surprised it is not since Jason Thompson’s company on SunnyVale Drive will be the one to benefit from this service. Everybody get a burn permit and lets have a burn party this Saturday and when the county fills up with smoke they might rethink this situation or they will make another stupid decision to issue a burn ban and the debris will harvest mosquitos and other parasites.

2015 years 10 months ago

I feel lucky to live within the City of Wilmington.

I would suggest that county residents load up their debris and take it to the County Administration offices on Government Center drive and deposit it in Mr. Shell’s parking space.

This lack of critical thinking on the part of the county government mirrors the poor oversight we have seen exercised in its oversight of the ABC, CFPUA, etc, etc.

Sadly, in New Hanover County the patients are running the asylum!

2015 years 10 months ago

I can’t believe all of the crying that is going on here. It is your yard waste and your responsibility to clean it up. It is also your responsibility to assist those in your neighborhood who (physically) can’t clean up their yard.

The majority of our population has demanded less government spending. Once that demand affects you, the crying starts and everyone wants more from the government. Quite frankly, I do not see how it is the government’s responsibility to clean up my yard or discard the rubbish from my yard.

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree, let’s everyone burn, residents were doing it on Sunday after the storm. And you are right there should be an emergency fund for these storms. For gosh sakes we live on the coast where tropical storms and hurricanes hit. We should be prepared for these costs. It would be like residents not preparing for the hurricane with supplies.

2015 years 10 months ago

Great! Lots and lots of smoke filled air for us who already have breathing problems. Great idea!


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