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PHOTOS: Cleaning Up Harvey’s Mess Is Tough For Everyone Involved

Crews are fanning out all over the city, picking up tons of debris piled high in front of hundreds of homes. Meanwhile, many Houstonians are having to decide what stays and what goes.

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  • A sign on a debris pile in southeast Houston.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    A sign on a debris pile in southeast Houston. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • A sign in southeast Houston warns looters not to go through a debris pile.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    A sign in southeast Houston warns looters not to go through a debris pile. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Crews like this one in southeast Houston have been working 12-hour days to pick up flood debris.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Crews like this one in southeast Houston have been working 12-hour days to pick up flood debris. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Crews tackle debris piles in southeast Houston.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Crews tackle debris piles in southeast Houston. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Ruined household items on the curb in southeast Houston.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Ruined household items on the curb in southeast Houston. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Mattresses, drywall and other debris on the curb in southeast Houston.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Mattresses, drywall and other debris on the curb in southeast Houston. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Crews bring in heavy equipment for debris pickup in southeast Houston.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    Crews bring in heavy equipment for debris pickup in southeast Houston. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • Trash hauler in southeast Houston.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Trash hauler in southeast Houston. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • A City of Houston crew prepares to pick up household debris.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    A City of Houston crew prepares to pick up household debris. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )

You see it all over Houston right now: Items that once made a house a home are now piled high on the curb, ruined by Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters.

It's a wrenching process for many people as they have to toss out most of their worldly goods. It's also a difficult job for crews hauling the debris to landfills, as they work 12-hour days to accomplish the task.

A recent visit to one southeast Houston neighborhood found crews picking up debris and residents going through the process of deciding what stays and what goes.

Officials estimate Harvey left behind some 8 million cubic yards of debris.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

News Anchor

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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