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Sandy Debris Overwhelms NJ Shore [AUDIO]

Debris removal from Superstorm Sandy continues in Jersey shore towns and officials say it will be a long process.

Long Beach Island Recovery
Long Beach Island Recovery (Mario Tama, Getty Images)

Refrigerators, furniture, clothes, electronics. Ocean County mayors and public works crews are working hard to get storm debris that’s piled some five feet high along the curb, hauled out of towns.

“We’ve been using snow plows to help clear the roads, we are also getting a magnet truck to pick up loose nails and screws, a lot of people have been getting flat tires because of this stuff” said Brick Mayor Steve Acropolis.

He said the state Department of Environmental Protection is allowing the town to open three transfer stations.

“We are not just taking things to the landfill, we are sorting through the metal, the wood, the concrete so that as we clean up we can be good a really good steward to the environment.”

Long Beach Island officials hope to remove debris today that has been piled in a supermarket parking lot before clearing residential streets.

Sea Bright officials said they are placing dumpsters on every street and Toms River Police Chief Mike Mastornardy said they are also trying to get transfer stations to help sort through the garbage before it goes into the landfill.

Acropolis estimates about 500,000 cubic yards of debris will be removed at a cost of $18 million when all is said and done.

“We know we are going to have to go back through some of these sections of town that have already been cleaned up as more people start doing work on their homes…this is definitely a slow process that will not be finished overnight.”

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