Thirty-six years worth of debris picked up in Panama City since Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - With the first anniversary of Hurricane Michael approaching, Panama City officials are looking at the progress made in the last year.

Panama City has picked up a total of 3.6 million cubic yards of debris in the last year. (WJHG/WECP)

At Tuesday's Panama City Commission meeting, they reviewed where they're at in terms of debris pickup.

They've reduced the number of debris management sites to only three and have cleared almost every park in the city. Now, they've moved on to cleaning up the Panama City Marina.

Officials say they're happy with the progress made.

Shane Daugherty, the Environmental Services Manager for Panama City, said, "Thus far we've collected right at 3.6 million cubic yards of debris in Panama City, and that's equivalent to what we would normally pick up in 36 years, so it's just an astronomical amount of debris, and it's still growing."

Daugherty says he believes they only have about 10 percent of debris left to clean up in the city.

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