Trash on roadways is Hurricane Michael debris, according to FDOT officials

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many Bay County residents are still cleaning up after Hurricane Michael.

FDOT officials say they send crews out to cleanup trash every 30 days in some areas. (WJHG/WECP)

And they are also noticing that debris is ending up on the sides of the roads, like Highways 79, 388, and 77.

"And I've seen places where it looks like someone dropped a whole bag of garbage and it's all over the place, and that's so unusual because when you're in this area it's gorgeous, you have people that clean," said Marlene Rowe, Bay County resident.

Bay County Commissioner Philip “Griff” Griffitts said the county is working closely with state officials to get the roads cleaned up.

"Especially over the last 15 months, with all the debris being hauled, we get complaints about 79 and 77 primarily and that's because those hauling trucks are headed up to the landfill and things blow out the back of trucks, so those roads are a little dirtier than normal," said Griffitts.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson Ian Satter said crews are out on the sides of the roads every 30 days, and twice a week on Highway 77.

But he said people also need to do their part to keep our roadways clean.

"The key for all of us is just to make sure that when you're hauling that trash up to the county landfill that we have it secured," said Satter.

He also said debris is a safety risk.

"If you have debris falling out of these vehicles, it could hit another vehicle, we could have debris falling and obscuring people's vision," said Satter.

FDOT officials say since they cannot afford to have crews clean up the roadways more often, people need to do their part and not litter.

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