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More Than 56K Tons Of Debris Cleared In Moore

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MOORE, Okla. (AP) - More than 56,000 tons of debris has been removed from neighborhoods in Moore as the city reaches the one-month mark since a deadly tornado carved through the Oklahoma City suburb on May 20.

City Manager Steve Eddy said Wednesday a total of 56,550 tons of debris had been cleared.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid for 85% of the cost of debris removal through Wednesday, when the share was reduced to 80%. The 80-20 federal-local match will continue for another 30 days. After that, the federal share of the cleanup cost will drop to the traditional 75%.

The new sliding scale was implemented after Superstorm Sandy to expedite debris removal and cleanup.

Nineteen neighborhoods in Moore were affected by the EF5 tornado.

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