More than 500 workers from around the state arrived in Charlotte, N. C., to begin the first citywide cleanup since the remnants of Hurricane Hugo struck more than a month ago. Officials said that the workers were prepared to stay on the job seven days a week for at least five weeks to clean up the tons of debris left by Hugo. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit Charlotte, but it uprooted thousands of trees, knocked down power lines and flooded low-lying areas. Three people died in the Charlotte area, and estimates put the damage at $300 million.
NATION IN BRIEF : NORTH CAROLINA : Storm Cleanup Crew Arrives in Charlotte
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