LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Over two months have passed since the deadliest hurricane in the last 87 years made landfall in the state of Florida, and the clean-up efforts are still continuing. Lee County was the most damaged part of Florida as a result of Hurricane Ian, and 61 people were killed during the storm.
Crews have been working to clean up debris since Hurricane Ian made landfall, collecting over 60,000 cubic yards of debris each day.
According to Lee County, there are more than 1,000 people working on debris and waste recovery, including about 200 local residents, many of whom lost their jobs due to the hurricane and are now working as debris monitors.
Lee County has so far collected four million cubic yards of debris and cleared over 3,500 miles of roads. In comparison, during the entire Hurricane Irma cleanup effort in 2017, Lee County removed 1.95 million cubic yards of debris in about four and a half months.
Officials in Lee County say that crews will continue to collect debris and will make at least another pass through each neighborhood for debris removal.