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Tuscaloosa Mounts Push To Remove Tornado Debris

Tuscaloosa, AL – City officials in Tuscaloosa are mounting a final push to take advantage of a pilot program that provides federal funds for debris removal from the April 27 tornado.

Tuscaloosa city officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say no timetable has been set for the conclusion of Operation Clean Sweep.

Tuscaloosa officials say more than 682,000 cubic yards of debris already have been removed from city streets and private property.

A new program, announced Monday, allows government crews to demolish and remove debris from residential property. The city is accepting applications for the voluntary demolition program to remove debris from private property.

Residents have until Sept. 15 to submit applications for government assistance in tearing down damaged structures and hauling them away.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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