JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It was a bittersweet day for many homeowners in Jackson County. On Wednesday, they watched as county crews began removing all the disgusting storm debris that's been piling up since Hurricane Isaac flooded their homes.
Crews started the enormous task of clearing away the mess in the hardest hit area of Jackson County. Heavy trucks rolled into the Helena Community, scooping up pile after pile of soggy, foul-smelling debris.
Several neighbors gathered to watch crews from the Jackson County Road Department take away just about everything they once owned.
"It's just really difficult to see 34 years of your life go into a dumpster," said Karen Logan.
Logan has lived on Dawn View Way for 29 years. Hurricane Isaac's flood waters ruined so many of her family's treasures.
"We lost everything on the inside, my furniture, my grandchildren lost all their toys. It's the things that can't be replaced are the worst," said Logan.
"That's my pile over there," Richard Devine said as he pointed to a large mound of debris.
He has never experienced anything like this before. This was the first time his house flooded.
When asked what was the hardest thing to lose, Devine replied, "Pictures of everything. You know, years and years of memories."
Those memories are slowly disappearing. Road crews are using nine vehicles to haul away the moldy mess. They'll eventually make their way to Escatawpa, Forest Lake, Franklin Creek, and Orange Grove. They will also head to rural areas of Hurley, Wade and Big Point.
"Yes, it is a big undertaking you know. But this is a tragedy for these people and our heart goes out to these people," said Danford Whittington, Jackson County Road Superintendent East Division.
In a way, some said it was a big relief. They're tired of seeing constant reminders of Isaac's destruction.
"I think everybody needs to move on. You'll remember the things that you had and it'll be hard," said Logan. "I think it'll help everybody to see it being gone."
Jackson County road officials say the debris removal could take up to six weeks. They want to remind you that they will not pick-up household garbage or hazardous waste. Hazardous materials can be dropped of at the Jackson County Road Department facility on Highway 63.