Debris clean up begins in Jackson, starts next week in Clinton - - Jackson, MS

Debris clean up begins in Jackson, starts next week in Clinton

CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

250 homes in Hinds County were damaged or destroyed in the April 15 tornado, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.  Residents in Clinton and Jackson continue to clean up the debris. 

David Cook's damaged Twilight Drive home in Clinton is hidden from the street by a wall of debris.  He's told it will take ten dump trucks to haul it all away.

"There were 14 pretty large trees in the yard.  There they are," said Cook as he motioned to the pile of debris.

Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman says the debris won't start to be picked up until May 3rd.  Currently, the city is reviewing proposals from contractors who can handle the estimated 150,000 cubic yards of debris before the Board of Alderman can vote next week.

Over in Jackson, trucks continue to roll out.  Seven city solid waste crews have been out since last Wednesday. 

"We are working from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and we have allocated all the resources we have to get the clean up started," said Jackson Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Thelman Boyd.

The capital city estimates 80,000 cubic yards of debris need to be hauled away.  In both Clinton and Jackson, residents are asked to bring debris to the curb and be patient during the long road to recovery.

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