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Workers still facing weeks worth of cleanup after massive windstorm

Posted at 5:50 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 19:50:57-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Cleanup efforts are still underway after what city and county leaders are saying was the storm of the century.

Many of the streets in Salt Lake County have piles of debris on the side leftover from the windstorm three weeks ago—and there’s still weeks of clean up for workers to do.

Eric Ferguson, the Salt Lake City streets south district maintenance supervisor, said the first twenty-four hours after the storm were the most chaotic.

“It was insane,” said Ferguson. “We had to switch operations from our regular maintenance programs to emergency response in less than 24 hours.”

Since then, about 90 workers have been out 10 hours a day, six days a week—totaling up to more than 20,000 hours worked.

So far, 4,000 tons of debris or 700 dump truck loads of debris have been collected.

“Thank you,” said Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City Mayor. :You are true public servants and you make us all feel so proud.”

Ferguson said they hope to have Salt Lake County completely cleared up by mid-October.

Workers pick up debris from residents ahead of the garbage man on garbage days.