Barrier island freed of 9,000 truckloads of Dorian wreckage

Damage left behind from Hurricane Dorian of a school in Ocracoke in Sept. 2019. (Photo: Ocracoke School Campus)

OCRACOKE, NC (AP) — In the five months since Hurricane Dorian battered North Carolina’s Outer Banks, workers have hauled away more than 9,000 dump truck loads of debris from a single island, and they’re still not done.

Hyde County emergency management director Justin Gibbs told The Virginian-Pilot that more than 6,650 tons so far have been put in trucks and ferried to the mainland for disposal in landfills.

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The waste includes thousands of damaged trees, parts of hundreds of ruined homes and big household appliances.

The bill for removing the junk from Ocracoke Island was $26 million, and counting.