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FEMA asks residents to clean debris from private properties

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The clean up process from Hurricane Sandy is still in full swing, and some residents are taking it upon themselves to get the job done.

Clean up crews both professional and residential have been out in full swing for over one month attempting to clean sand and debris from the flood damaged streets of the Barrier Islands.

"Thankfully a lot of the big debris has already been picked up, but a lot of it remains. Neighborhood to neighborhood, house to house, a lot of the debris still needs to be picked up," says the FEMA Public Information Officer, Paul Gardner.

Richard Dearnley along with many other Longport residents spent Friday afternoon sweeping sand that still remains after Hurricane Sandy from the sidewalk.

But there are still many people who have yet to take responsibility for some of the damages, not realizing city crews won't clean their private property.

This includes what may still remain inside the home, which at this point is becoming a health hazard.

"A lot of the stuff in these houses is becoming toxic. It has to come out and it has to be removed," said Gardner. "Many people think they can keep it inside their house, and that is not the case. If the water touched it, it needs to be taken out."

In some cases it might be best to contact a professional to get the job done.

For those still seeking professional help from FEMA there is still time. The last day to apply for FEMA assistance is December 31st.

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