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Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 2:56pm.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Contract crews in New Hanover County have picked up nearly 25,000 cubic yards of debris from Hurricane Irene. The county says DRC Emergency Services has picked up 24,146 cubic yards of vegetative debris from roads in the unincorporated areas of the county as of Monday. Those crews started a second and final pass through the county today in the southern unincorporated area of the county. After the southern area is completed, the contractor will return to the northern area for the final collection. Since approval from FEMA for reimbursement of removal costs on non-state system roads was not received until September 20, debris on most of the private roads was not collected during the first pass. Those private roads will be addressed during the second pass in addition to state system roads. The work should be done by Friday, October 7. Questions or concerns about debris removal should be directed to the Department of Environmental Management at (910) 798-4400.

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