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Cleanup Crews Still At It


Reporter: Sally Delta

Lynchburg, VA - Clean up crews are really busy right now picking up trees and debris throughout the Hill City from Friday's storm.

Lynchburg City Public Works says this is the most widespread disaster they've ever come up against. In fact, one supervisor says this is the biggest job he's been faced with in his 15 years in Lynchburg.

These men and women are working long 12-hour shifts, without a day off to clear the roads for the public. The first few days they came through and cut up all the trees. Now they're busy picking up the brush.

"It's pretty exhausting. A lot of us don't get in the bed until 10 or 11 o'clock and we're back at it at 6:30," said Joe Keyes, Public Works.

Joe Keyes has been part of the cleanup from the start.

"So how are you feeling today?" we asked.

"Tired," said Keyes.

He says it's been tough to see everyone in the city going through a disaster like this. He and his family are also without power. 

"It's trying. You want to get out here and help every individual person that you can, but you can't just help one individual, you've got to help everyone," said Keyes.

Klaus Schreiber, a supervisor with Public Works, oversees some of the crews.

"When these type of events take place, they are the epitome of public servants and we are proud of them," said Schreiber.

Schreiber says he's amazed at how many trees and brush they've already gotten rid of.

"How many trees have you gone through so far?" we asked.

"Oh, no, I don't think you can count them. It's astronomical," said Keyes.

In response to the city's hard work, little signs of gratitude are sprinkled throughout the city. Doug and Eleanor Pillow saw the cleanup crews out in front of their house and were ecstatic.

"It's just remarkable, remarkable," said Doug.

"I really want to thank them for what they have done," said Eleanor.

Keyes and all the crews appreciate the love.  But he knows not everyone feels that way.

"A few of them would like to see us do this a little quicker. They want to know why we're not on their streets, but we're getting there," said Keyes.

Schreiber asks anyone attempting to cut a tree down themselves to please look up first. A lot of trees have debris sitting in the tops, which can be dangerous if they come down while you're cutting them.

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