Cape Coral residents waiting on trash pickup

Posted at 8:11 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 08:31:03-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Since Hurricane Irma hit two weeks ago, tree branches, bags of trash, and piles of decaying foliage have have littered the sidewalks of Cape Coral. Some neighbors have seen some garbage trucks roll through the neighborhood, but still piles remain on the sidewalks. 

David Dougherty just moved to Cape Coral right after Hurricane Irma hit and says that he's slowly seen debris start to pile up. He considers himself lucky, especially because he has relatives who were heavily impacted. 

"I have family in the area and their block, there's a considerable amount of damage, some tree stumps that are the size of the entire house that haven't been touched yet", he said.

About the debris that hasn't been cleaned up by the cleaning crews yet, city officials tell Fox 4 that it could at least seven weeks until the very last of the trash gets hauled away. 

David's neighbors, like Maria Rudolf told Fox 4 that they understand a storm of this size will take some time to completely clean up. 

"It is what it is, it takes time", she said "I think it shouldn't really matter how long [it takes] when there's other people who are going through a lot.".