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Greene County To Recycle Tons Of Organic Tornado Debris

Greene County has been storing organic tornado debris at Cemex Reserve in Fairborn since the May storm.
April Laissle
Greene County has been storing organic tornado debris at Cemex Reserve in Fairborn since the May storm.

Greene County officials are continuing to contend with massive quantities of organic debris left behind by an EF3 tornado that touched down in the area on Memorial Day.

Nearly 150,000 cubic yards of debris has been removed from Greene County properties since the storm hit -- that's enough to fill about five Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson says the debris is being stored at two sites: the county’s environmental services center and Cemex Reserve, a public park that contains wetland areas.

The county stresses the debris is being stored away from wetland habitats, though some area residents earlier expressed concerns about its potential environmental impacts.

Huddleson tells WYSO the county plans to hire a vendor to turn the debris into mulch after the county's FEMA Public Assistance request is finalized.

He says he hopes to be able to remove the material before winter weather hits.

Gov. Mike DeWine's recent request for FEMA Public Assistance to assist counties with expenses related to tornado emergency response and cleanup is being processed, FEMA officials report.

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April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter. There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.