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County crews help clear debris, but not everyone will benefit

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HAMILTON CO. (WRCB) -- Homeowners on Short Tail Springs Rd. in Harrison have been working around the clock to clean up their property. "Its been overwhelming to say the least. I know for the first day we just stood around and looked and said where do we start, what do we do," says homeowner Carrie Potter.

Help soon arrived from every direction. "To be honest I don't know where all of them are from," says Jack Mitchell as he watches volunteers clean up around his home.

Mitchell's home is in the Woodland Bay subdivision. Dozens on volunteers pile his trash and debris on the side of the road for county crews to pick up. "I didn't realize there were that many wonderful people in the world," he says.  

However, not everyone can expect the county's service. At a home just down the road contractors work quickly to remove the debris but the homeowner admits she thought the county would pick it up.

"That debris that you're contracting with a private sector should be removed by that company," says Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.  

"That doesn't seem fair, I mean the homeowners are going to have to pay the contractors or do it themselves," says Potter.  

"Really, what difference does it make about who puts what up there if the county is picking it up," Mitchell says.  

However, Mayor Coppinger says it isn't a service the county usually provides. "Its something that we're trying to do just in an effort to help out the residents," Coppinger says.

"I feel like we're under enough stress and anxiety as it is to then have to turn around and figure out what to do with the trees," Potter says.  

Coppinger says the county has spent more than $1 million, including rental equipment, to clean up storm debris. County crews will be working 12 hours a day, seven days a week for the next 30 days.

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