Locals raise concerns about hurricane recovery efforts in the Glenwood area

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Since Hurricane Michael, Panama City leaders have worked to get things back up and running.

"It changed the way everything looked, the whole landscape looks different," said Panama City resident Mark Black.

Several people in the Glenwood community say the devastation from Hurricane Michael changed their neighborhood.

"It's kind of depressing and I feel like the city should be doing more than what they are," said Black.

Some residents say they're having trouble receiving updates about recovery efforts. One of the biggest areas of concern they said is debris removal.

"They came through one time and I've been hearing the public have concerns about that," said Panama City resident Marquez Alexander. "Seems like they are picking up in some areas and not in other areas. "

Panama City City Manager Mark McQueen said they've focused an equal amount of time on debris removal throughout the city.

"We've already collected 2.3 million cubic yards of debris," said McQueen. "Putting that in perspective, that's equal to all of Hurricane Irma and the 50 counties in the peninsula of Florida.

McQueen said their contractors, Crowder Gulf, took a 10-day break to enjoy the holidays with their families. Wednesday, they resumed operations.

"We're back into phase two," said McQueen. "We're trying to clear the main corridors again and then we'll get into the streets."

Residents also said they've had trouble having permits approved. The city said they contract that process out. We're told the president of that company told the city's public information officer he'll address residents' concerns about permitting as soon as he can.

In the meantime, McQueen said they are asking residents to put their debris by the road in separate piles depending on the type of debris.
He also says they have an online map where people can see the progress of debris removal in their area. For more information click here http://cpc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=716253d08da7467ab86a275442f1ef44.