Trash piles continue to grow during storm clean-up efforts

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport residents cleaning up after Hurricane Isaac are dealing with a new problem following high winds and flooding: trash.

Officials in the town have no plans to pick up debris and trash until at least Sept. 6, and many residents have large piles of trash in front of their homes.

Patricia Lewis lives on 44th Street where trash is overflowing into the street. She had such extreme damage from the storm she hasn't even been back inside her house yet.

On Wednesday night, the water level in her living room came up to her waist. Other people on her street have trash filling their yards -- trash that was once their personal belongings.

A lot of Isaac's damage is something not seen just yet. Mold and mildew can grow days after flooding and it can spread fast if you don't treat it early.

Carla Rogers lives on the same street and her cry is simple.

"We need some help on this street," Rogers said. "We need some help as soon as possible."

"I'm just ready to get up out of here," Lewis said. "Where am I gonna go? I don't know, but I'm ready to go. cause I'm tired."

Others are just trying to recover from Isaac's damage one step at a time.

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