County Moving on Cleanup

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Hurricane Katrina created an estimated 18,000 tons of yard debris in Lauderdale County.

Officials say trying to collect that amount would overwhelm county crews, so the county has taken bids from several companies to clean up the mess and haul it to one of several disposal sites.

"Hurricane Katrina put so much debris in Lauderdale County that it would be impossible to use our own crews to remove the debris to a disposal site," said county engineer Neal Carson.

Four bids for the job were presented to the board. The lowest bid was $68.75 per ton, submitted by APAC.

A private contractor has already begun the cleanup process in Meridian.