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Flood debris pickup continues

SANTA ROSA -- 350 homes in Gulf Breeze suffered flood damage.

The city is in the midst of a big cleanup effort to finally get the last of debris still sitting on the curb of the hardest hit areas during last month's storm.
So far 75% of the debris left over from the storm has been picked up.

The roar of debris trucks is like music to the ears of some Gulf Breeze residents looking to move on with their lives after the flood.

Rosemary Laporta says nearly a month after the storm she's tired of seeing debris piles as tall as her.
It's an unwelcome sight, especially when she has to pass by the debris while walking the neighborhood.

"I see those huge trucks coming, and it's much clearer than it was a few weeks ago so I'm real happy about it" said Rosemary Laporta, Gulf Breeze resident.

The City has contracted with a disaster clean-up company out of Mobile, to pick up debris from every street in the city of Gulf Breeze.

Within less than a week, more than a million pounds of debris has been picked up.
Workers skillfully use three trucks like this one to scoop up the debris and haul it off to the landfill.

It only takes them a few minutes each to clean-up the eyesores.
The debris pick-up is free of charge.
Residents are only asked to separate hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

Steve Rheay and his wife are feeling lucky because only their garage suffered flood damage.
As they continue their own minimal clean-up efforts, they're happy their neighborhood is finally returning to normal.

"I'm glad to see them, they're bringing in these dump trucks with the claw and this morning they've really done a lot" said Steve Rheay, Gulf Breeze Resident.

The 2nd round of debris clean-up will be on Tuesday.
All debris clean-up is expected to be complete by the end of next week.