- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - City officials in Florence say it could take until the end of the year before the piles of broken tree trunks, limbs and other debris left by Hurricane Matthew are cleaned from city streets.

Local news outlets report the city announced a plan Thursday to remove an estimated 150,000 cubic yards of material. The plan is to have the work done by the start of 2017.

It’s going to take two weeks to get bids from contractors. The bulk of the cleanup should be underway by mid-November.

The total cleanup cost is pegged at about $2 million with the federal government expected to pick up about 75 percent of that.

Because of the piles of debris, the city is urging children to only go trick-or-treating during daylight hours.

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