It's been three weeks since a freak October snowstorm left West Hartford and other communities throughout the state littered with downed trees and limbs on virtually every street.
West Hartford's debris pick-up, which is being conducted by FEMA contractor AshBritt, is still underway. Many have stopped by to witness the ever-growing mulch mountain in the UConn parking lot on Trout Brook Drive, to catch a once-in-a-lifetime (we all hope) glimpse of the process of cleaning up what will ultimately be 300,000 cubic yards of debris.
It's a remarkable sight, both for wide-eyed toddlers experiencing their "monster trucks" coming to life, as well as for adults who have never imagined a clean-up process of such magnitude.
As the mulch reacts with the environment, the pile releases steam which is clearly visible throughout the day, but particularly noticable at sunrise and sunset.