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Some Orange Co. residents waiting for debris cleanup

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It is expected to take weeks for crews to clear all the debris. It is expected to take weeks for crews to clear all the debris.
MEBANE, N.C. - Streets in Orange County are lined with reminders of the long winter.

Trees, limbs and sticks are piled up, waiting to be picked up.

“It’s kind of weird to have so much damage and the beauty coming thought,” said David Wynn.

A tree crashed into his boat, leaving him with plenty to clean up.

"It's probably the worst I've seen in 20 years, plus with the damage," he said.

Wynn was able to straighten up where his debris pile sat as crews cleared it Monday.

A total of eight crews are spread across Orange County clearing vegetative debris from only state maintained roads.

It is expected to take weeks for crews to clear all the debris.

"Our neighbor's tree is very old and it actually split in half and the right side fell into the woods over there and the left side fell across our road," said Jennifer Kennedy.

Kennedy lives along the county line in Alamance County. Despite some of her neighbors having their debris cleared, she is still waiting.

"I was actually leaving the other day and I rolled down my window and I was like, 'Hey. Thank you guys. You can come on down here.' He looked down the road and his eyes, he was like, 'Not today.' So, I'm trying to coax them down this way as soon as possible," she said.

It is estimate the clean up will cost the state and local governments $26.9 million.

But federal help is on the way after President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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