Debris continues to pile up in Aiken County

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Aiken, CO (WRDW)- Barack Obama declared major disaster of the state of South Carolina meaning the federal government will be sending some help our way. The declaration includes much of our area including Aiken County which is using the Western Carolina Fair Grounds to hold a lot of debris.

The wind causing problems outside and may add more debris to the already massive piles at the Aiken Fairgrounds.

"It will know some of the limbs our of the trees that are hanging," said Tony Rickard.

Crews still out working piling up limbs, trees, and branches. Collecting about 20,000 yards of debris a day, and all that clean up creates local jobs.

"There's two companies and of those two companies they've probably hired 500 to 600 hundred people," said Rickard.

The companies are there to make sure guidelines are followed to get FEMA funds and Rickard is working to make sure everything runs smoothly.

"I pretty much look after the fair grounds interest to make sure everything is going the way they have help with whatever they need," said Rickard.

Piles of debris have been collected for about a month and it reaches up to 15 feet and covers about 2 acres.

"It's kind of overwhelming looking at those piles," said Rickard.

Rickard says there's still about 30 more days of clean-up and all that debris will be burned to make electricity.

Almost a week ago President Obama signed the disaster declaration in some counties in Georgia. That means that Feds could pick up about 75 percent of the costs.