Trash piles high after flood hits metro Detroit

Trash piles high after flood hits metro Detroit

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Post-flood trash heap on a street in Royal Oak. Post-flood trash heap on a street in Royal Oak.
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The high water has receded but the wake of damage left behind remains and with it, piles and piles of garbage.  What do you do with all that garbage?

As people clear their homes of sewer water soaked debris, another problem presents itself in full visual: Streets lined with walls of garbage.

UGH!  And EEEWW!

This is some nasty stuff.  So what do you about it?

For one thing, be patient.  The garbage companies tell Fox 2 they are working overtime to get as much of it cleared as quickly as possible.

PLAY THE VIDEO TO GET AMY LANGE'S FULL REPORT.>>

Lange talks to workers at Tringali Sanitation and they tell her many are working 13-plus hours a day, lifting heavy, water logged debris.  

They also tell Lange that there are long lines to get into the landfill and that a truck that could normally clear a block of homes with one truck can only clear 6 to 8 homes.

The garbage companies are asking residents in all communities to put as much garbage in plastic bags to help protect workers.

Check with your local city to find out when garbage may be picked up in your area, but expect delays.  Tringali says it took them 6-days to clear Huntington Woods. Normally it takes them a single day.
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