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      Storm debris cleanup is still underway following February's winter storm

      The initial phase of cleanup efforts following a February storm in South Carolina that caused more than $430 million in damage is almost complete, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

      Crews with SCDOT continue debris recovery operations in the FEMA-declared counties throughout the state.

      Officials said the initial cleanup phase is almost done. It included removal of hazardous broken limbs and leaning trees.

      The primary focus now is on removing and disposing of roadside debris.

      Last month, President Obama approved South Carolina's request for federal disaster relief after February's storm.

      "SCDOT has and will continue to perform these operations according to FEMA guidelines to maximize the federal reimbursement rate back to the state," according to a release.

      The release also said, "SCDOT appreciates the continued patience and cooperation by the citizens of the state, as well as the aid and support local officials have provided for the recovery efforts. SCDOT encourages the public to use caution in areas where debris removal operations are in effect."