New Orleans Cleanup

By: AP
By: AP

One (m) million down, about 40 (m) million to go.

Federal officials say it'll take at least a year to clean up all the hurricane debris in Louisiana. An Army Corps of Engineers official says one (m) million cubic yards of debris has been removed from the state, but FEMA estimates there's 40 (m) million out there in Louisiana and Mississippi.

That's five times the amount of debris scattered by Hurricane Andrew in Florida 13 years ago.

Officials say their first priority is to remove debris from emergency facilities such as hospitals and fire stations. Next will be the clearing of roadways, then the the stuff on curbsides.

The lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans still has a foot of water in it. Federal authorities say that should be gone in less than a week.

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