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ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WJBK) - It was a welcome sight around Metro Detroit Saturday, a small army of garbage trucks came to clean up the trash left over from this month's floods. Now, two weeks later, you can finally see the progress in some neighborhoods. But others are still waiting.

Click on the link to watch Randy Wimbley's report.

Residents of Huntington Woods, Berkley and Royal Oak were thrilled to see trash trucks around their neighborhoods this weekend. Waste Management Systems deployed 40 trucks in Huntington Woods alone, some from as far away as Lansing and Flint. By the end of the day, they'd made significant progress. People in other areas, including Detroit, are still waiting for garbage trucks to arrive to remove piles of damaged items and flood soaked debris.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality estimates 4.5 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage ended up in local streams and rivers August 11. Up to six inches of rain fell across the area in a matter of hours. Hard hit areas like Warren and Royal Oak suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Efforts to get federal disaster relief are still underway.
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