Pitt County crews work to clean up last of Matthew debris


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Almost two months after Hurricane Matthew left behind damaged buildings and roads strewn with debris, Pitt County crews are continuing to clean up area roads.

“We’ve picked up over 100 tons of material from the roadsides,” said John Demary, director of Pitt County Solid Waste and Recycling.

Crews have been cleaning up one pile at a time to rid streets of debris.

“We used our own equipment and trucks to pick it up, and we started last week,” Demary said. “Took us three days to get through the first run, and now we’re working on the second run.”

At the Villareal household, doors, the remnants of a floor and even a child’s toy all need to be thrown out.

“I got flooded,” said Miguel Villareal, flood victim. “The water come up about a foot.”

However, Monday is the last day the county will make its rounds to pick up trash left by Matthew.

The Villareals are not alone. A string of houses along Stokes Road all have excess waste.

Demary said his department will work with families to pick up their waste past Monday’s deadline.

“If anybody still has some material they need to get to the road, if they’ll get it to the road and call the solid waste department, we’ll do our best to get it picked up,” said Demary.

In the meantime, Villareal and friends will continue to work on their home.

The solid waste team said they think they have picked up the majority of waste left by Matthew.

If you would like to get in contact with the Pitt County Solid Waste and Recycling to report debris, you can contact them at 252-902-3350.

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