Matthew clean-up continues at Lenoir County landfill

LA GRANGE, NC (WNCT) – Towns across the East are still in clean-up mode almost six months after Hurricane Matthew.

In Lenoir County, the landfill took the brunt of the debris, and crews are still working to get rid of it.

“It’s going to be a year, no doubt it will be a yearlong process,”  said Hal Oliver, Lenoir County landfill director.

The county landfill still gets debris drop-offs. Everything from tree limbs to carpet and even damaged structure pieces are dropped off at the site.

“Roughly a third of what we’ve got out here is still coming from Matthew,” Oliver said. “We’re getting limbs that people are just getting to. Contractors have been out of town doing other things, and they’re finally getting (to them) now, and they’re starting to bring it to us.”

Oliver said that means extra work for the landfill.

“The bulldozer, we had to run it a whole lot more than we would have to keep things,” said Oliver. “As far as limbs coming in, we got extra trucks coming in that we wouldn’t normally have.”

The goal is to mash all the limbs into mulch, something crews can use. Oliver says it will cost around $50,000 so they won’t be able to crush everything up until they get more funding.


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