- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The massive job of cleaning South Carolina’s roads following last month’s winter storm continues with just over 700 crews working in 19 counties.

The Department of Transportation reports crews have removed almost 200,000 trees either leaning over or with branches hanging over highways.

Cleanup continues along Interstates 95 and 26 although lane closures will now be limited to Tuesdays as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Gov. Nikki Haley has asked President Obama to declare almost half the state a federal disaster area.

Damage estimates from the storm have risen to at least $430 million.

Officials say damage to the state’s forests is $360 million - the worst since Hurricane Hugo. That figure represents the amount of timber harvested from the state’s forests in a year.

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