OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — More than 9,000 dump truck loads of debris have been hauled away from a North Carolina island battered by Hurricane Dorian five months ago, according to numbers released this week.
All of the lingering storm debris is set to be cleared from Ocracoke Island by the end of February, Hyde County emergency management director Justin Gibbs told The Virginian-Pilot.
Crews have already disposed of about 6,650 tons of waste, including thousands of damaged trees, parts of hundreds of ruined homes and even household appliances like refrigerators and washing machines, Gibbs added.
The September storm inundated the Outer Banks island with waters surging to a record 7 feet (2 meters) in some places, news outlets reported at the time.
The storm heavily damaged homes, businesses and other infrastructure, and the recovery effort have been ongoing.
Hyde County crews have been filling trucks with debris for months, dumping waste in a trash mound two stories tall on a parking lot near the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the newspaper said.
The estimated cost of the debris removal was $26 million two months ago, but the most recent numbers weren’t immediately available, according to Gibbs.