Mountain of tornado debris removed; even more remains
Firefighters search for bodies in tornado rubble last month in Holt, Alabama.
June 9th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

Mountain of tornado debris removed; even more remains

Imagine a column of trash the size of a football field reaching more than a mile into the sky. That's how much debris the deadly tornadoes that struck Alabama in April left behind, according to estimates.

The 64 twisters left more than 10 million cubic yards of smashed homes, buildings, vehicles and trees in the state, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Cleanup crews have removed more than 4.3 million cubic yards of debris from the storms, which killed 238 people, FEMA says.

The Army Corps of Engineers is coordinating debris removal. The corps is encouraging people to sort debris into categories as much as possible so materials can be handled properly and some recycled.

Crews either burn or chip trees and shrubs; construction debris is hauled to licensed landfills; and hazardous materials are taken to facilities designed to handle them.

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  1. MiddleOfTheRoad

    "Imagine a column of trash the size of a football field reaching more than a mile into the sky"............

    I thought this article was about the GOP Presidential candidates.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jj

      Best comment on this story.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • terminal

      Close! The article was really referring to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the self-appointed "one of change".

      June 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yeah.....only on the Clinton News Network would stupid comments be made like this. Be serious.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      Specifically, 1/4 of that pile is from Palin's mouth.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Actually – PRESIDENT Obama isn't 'self-appointed'.

      He was fairly elected by a majority of your fellow Americans – and will be again so you're going to have to live with it.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • terminal

      Correct Aaron, elected fair and square and succeeded in duping the Americans into his dream world consisting of promises of change. I hope you sleep well knowing your family, their family and future families will be forever in HIS DEBT.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard

      Gee, omg, and so what? I have a jar of pennies somewhere in my garage, and if these pennies stacked on end, would be a mile high, omg.....

      June 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • RIALgal

      Obviously you and the insensitive replies to your comment have not seen what the tornadoes did to Alabama and the other affected states. It cannot be imagined. Grow up, children, and quit trying to stir up something where it's inappropriate. Save your comments for a politically oriented

      June 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • lsh

      best comment indeed..

      June 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    The disasters, fires, wars are not a coincidence. Fear brings out the hate. The time has come to pull together. Survival will depend on it.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      Time foil hat time Bob.....we're eating you first.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Weiner

      Pull us together against what terrible foe? Tell us Bob! We must know!

      June 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rando

      Considering the disasters and fires are caused by NATURE, im not sure where you are coming from on this post at all. Very confusing...

      June 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Obo

    Um... really? I mean, I can see that making sense about wars, but wildfires and storms are caused by fear? O.o Better duck in to my storm cellar when the next Stephen King book comes out then, eh?

    June 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      He did not say that fear caused the disasters, fires, and wars. He simply said that fear brings out the hate and that we should pull together for survival's sake. Both are very valid assertions. The part about "not a coincidence" is a little strange but you said nothing about that. Perhaps you should elucidate on what he says rather than what he did not say.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bryan

    The debris in my yard reached almost 20 feet high and that was just the trees and some of the metal from one of our churches.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    Map out the destruction taking place every day in the US and around the world. The catastrophic destruction is not finished in the US. There are No favorites. United we survive, divided, we die.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BC

    Why does every single article's comment section start with or end up being about politics? Seriously, so many of you sound like total morons. If you think you can do a better job, run for an office. It's doubtful you even voted. This is an article about tornado debris. Did you even read it or did you just skip right to the comments section so you could (snooze) bi+ch once again about Obama, the left, etc.?

    June 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Onelove

    I am the real Cesar. Catch me if you can. Hahahahahaahahah

    June 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. palintwit

    Sara Palin is a stinking, steaming pile of maggot infested trailer trash. ( This article is about a pile of trash, isn't it ?)

    June 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    Teach your kids the science behind tornados and have them make a tornado in a bottle. Its fast fun and free!

    June 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    What meds, stupid?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    Oh ok

    June 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
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