Hurricane Matthew debris still on Hilton Head Island

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) — Hurricane Matthew hit two years ago, but if you drive down Highway 278, debris can still be seen on the side of the road.

So why isn’t it gone?

According to the Town of Hilton Head, the answer is simple — money.

The town can’t afford to clean up all the debris that isn’t connected to businesses or homes or pose a threat to any buildings.

The other issue — FEMA won’t pay for it either.

“None of this would afford us funding assistance from the Federal Government or State Government,” said Scott Liggett, Hilton Head Director of Public Projects and Facilities. “All of it would be born locally and there is concern, legitimate concern there, that we don’t have the funding to do that.”

He says other projects that are key to the health, welfare safety and overall quality of life in the town are taking precedence.

“Even if we wanted to get into some of these areas, the damage we might do to take down trees that are still upright, to remove the ones that are down,” Liggett explained.

The Town says it will get better. As the leaves come back and fill in some of the areas where you can see debris now, you won’t see the leftovers.

But there is a warning for everyone. The debris is still a fire hazard, so you are urged to be careful where you are burning.

We will have to see if these downed trees will also make good homes for mosquitos this summer as well.

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