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Debris removal winding down in Itawamba County

(Susan Parker)
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Updated: 6/02 4:24 pm
CENTERVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's a big milestone for Itawamba County.

Debris removal from the tornado is approximately 90 percent complete.

As of Sunday night, 36,000 cubic yards has been collected from the right of ways.

The original estimate given to the Federal Emergency Management Agency was between 22,000 and 24,000 cubic yards.

Itawamba County Administrator Gary Franks says FEMA agreed to pay for 85 percent of the $400,000 cleanup with the Mississippi Legislature picking up the rest of the tab.

"It is obviously a guessing game. There's no way that you can ride down the road and look at trees and tell how much debris is out there," said Franks.

Franks says there is more debris that needs to be picked up that is well off the right of way.

Itawamba County Supervisors have passed a resolution which will enable debris removal on private property.

Franks says there are huge trees that need removal along with buildings or houses that were destroyed.
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