Entries in Removal (3)


Dead Whale on Malibu Beach Stinking Up Celeb Homes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles County Officials say they are planning how to dispose of a decomposing whale at a Malibu, Calif., beach as soon as the low tide begins around Dec. 10. The odoriferous carcass is within a mile radius from the mansions of Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan, and other celebrities.

The young fin whale drifted ashore between Paradise Cove and Point Dume on Monday Dec. 5 officials said, and had been rotting ever since. The whale is around 35 feet long, and was gutted by California State Wildlife.

Los Angeles County officials said that its body was emaciated with the tail intact. They also said that Los Angeles County lifeguards attempted to pull the 40,000-pound carcass out to sea at high tide but were unsuccessful.

“Part of the problem is that the whale is badly decomposed and towing it out is impossible because it will break up,” Brian Riley, inspector at LA Country Fire Department, told

“The county lifeguards have tried to handle the whale but it is really heavy and too wedged and embedded in the sand,” Craig Sap, spokesperson from California State Parks, told

“We also cannot get any solid equipment in because the low tide is not in yet. The low tide starts around December 10 so we can start planning after that,” he said.

Riley said nothing can be done to mitigate the odor from the decomposing whale.

Many agencies have been collaborating in handling the crisis of the decomposing whale. “The County of Los Angeles Lifeguards, the LA County Fire Department, the City of Malibu, and State Parks and Recreations are all consolidating their resources to assist in the matter,” said Sap.

“Dealing with the decomposing whale has been a collaborative effort. Because the whale is on state land many departments are involved,” said Riley.

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Southern Cities Hit by Winter Storm Struggle to Thaw Out

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ATLANTA) -- Disruptions from Sunday's winter storm that snarled traffic, grounded flights and left travelers stranded is still wreaking havoc on residents in the southeast.

In Atlanta, schools are closed Friday for the fifth straight day, roads remain icy and dangerous, and some passengers are still stranded at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

On the roads since Thursday morning, police have responded to more than 50 new accidents, including one fatality.  Atlanta drivers faced chaotic conditions after four-to-seven inches of snow and sleet turned many of the interstates into sheets of ice during the storm.  Highways and back roads are still coated with inches of ice, and many are wondering why Atlanta wasn't better prepared for the storm.

The state of Georgia is spending about $2 million a day on storm clean up.  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the city has added more than 115 pieces of equipment to its snow removal efforts.

Northeast of Atlanta, in Raleigh, North Carolina, below-freezing temperatures and wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour are creating dangerous driving conditions.

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US Cities Stagger Under Cost of Clearing Record Snowfalls

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- From Nevada to New York, already-wobbly city budgets are being hit by the heavy cost of shoveling out from under record snowfalls.

A mid-December storm dropped 17.1 inches on St. Paul, Minnesota -- the most in almost 20 years.  The city spread 4,000 tons of salt on 800 miles of streets, added staff and paid overtime.  As a result, the city's public works budget has been snowed under by $1 million more than had budgeted for snow removal.

The figure, says Deputy Mayor Margaret Kelly, likely will rise to $1.3 million.  To pay it, she said, the city will have to dip into a fund used to patch potholes, maintain alleys and cut city grass.  The prospect that the fund could be depleted, she says, makes the rest of winter "challenging."

Things are worse in Minneapolis, which has exceeded its snow budget by $3 million.  It, too, plans to dip into reserve funds to pay the cost.

In Missouri, tight budgets mean snow plow crews are being told to make roads "passable," not necessarily clear.

New York City, hit hard by a late December blizzard, is still recovering and paying.  A spokesman for the mayor's office says that while not all costs have yet been tallied, the final snow bill should come in at around $38 million.  Given that the city's budget gap next year is forecast to be $2.4 billion, those millions will be missed.

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