Debris Cleanup Is A Huge Task In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Ian

The disaster left behind by Hurricane Ian across southwest Florida will take months to sweep up.

Debris Cleanup Is A Huge Task In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Ian
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In Florida, the sound of debris crunching under a claw cleaning up neighborhoods is now a common one.  

Employees are working 12 hour shifts to tackle the massive job — work that Florida residents say is vital.

The disaster left behind by Hurricane Ian across southwest Florida will take months to sweep up. 

Shawn Hamilton, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, says they’re working with counties and local governments to help get waste out of neighborhoods. 

In Sarasota, a city between  Tampa and Fort Myers, debris left behind by the monster storm could be as much as 200,000 cubic yards. 





A sign for Shucker's at the Gulfshore and the Cottage Bar.

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Earlier this week, President Joe Biden increased federal funding for debris removal and extended full reimbursement from 30 to 60 days.  

A spokeperson with Thompson Consulting Services says they’re hoping to bring on nearly 1,500 employees that will help ensure Lee County will be federally compensated for the cleanup, creating jobs that are desperately needed.

Two years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the federal government estimated it had spent about $3.4 billion on debris removal.

Cleaning up and rebuilding southwest Florida is expected cost tens of billions of dollars.