Fayetteville crews haul off 170+ loads of Hurricane Matthew debris with more to come

Debris in Fayetteville after Hurricane Matthew. Photo by Nate Rodgers/CBS North Carolina.
Debris in Fayetteville after Hurricane Matthew. Photo by Nate Rodgers/CBS North Carolina.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Nearly one month after Hurricane Mathew, North Carolinians are still working to get things back to normal.

Many people are waiting to get debris hauled away from their homes in Fayetteville.

In the last two weeks, city construction crews have hauled off more than 170 loads of construction and demolition debris.

Crews are now focused on removing fallen trees and branches from the roads.

“I wanted to die, I got so scared with the wind and the storm,” said Hermine Ward, who made it through the hurricane.

Ward, 85, says the storm damage at her home was unimaginable.

The mess all cleaned up now, but Ward says at least nine trees fell in her back yard.

Ward was finally able to get the debris removed late last week.

“I begged and I waited, I got on the waiting list,” she says with a sigh.

Throughout the city, many tree stumps, branches and limbs are along curbs.

There are also several roads still closed still awaiting repair.

Ward says although cleanup from the storm cost her $5,000, she’s grateful to still have her home.

“It seems a little progress every day and you have to have a lot of patience,” Ward said.

Officials say it could take several more weeks for debris cleanup throughout the city.

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