Robert Isakson of the hurricane debris removal company, DRC Inc., said the debris clean-up effort in parts of Louisiana and Texas could take several more months to complete due to the devastation wrought by Ike, USA Today reported Thursday.
"This is a huge amount of debris," the DRC Emergency Services managing director said.
Isakson estimated 25 million cubic yards of debris was left in Texas by the September disaster, marking a great debris increase compared to 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
"The volume that has been recovered at this stage is much greater than in Katrina," he said.
To date, 12,000 Hurricane Ike-damaged vehicles have been removed from Louisiana, along with 8.6 million cubic yards of debris.
A Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman told USA Today the Ike clean-up effort has resulted in bills of $80 million for Texas alone.
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