PANAMA CITY — Progress is not only afoot, it is visible.

In addition to the broader, more-visible efforts, the local efforts of individuals, the "One Street at a Time" cleanup held in Lynn Haven Saturday and other community efforts like "Operation Clean Sweep" in Panama City, are making a difference.

Regionally, since Hurricane Michael descended upon the region like a plowing through neatly set Lincoln Logs, city contractors have picked up 2.5 million cubic yards worth of debris, Panama City solid waste manager Shane Daugherty said, with an estimated 1.5 million cubic yards to go. The county itself has picked up around 5 million cubic yards of debris - about half of what's out there - and when all is said and done officials are expecting to have about 9 million cubic yards of debris cleared.

This is in addition to the clean-up happening elsewhere in the county, like Lynn Haven, which held a "One Street at a Time" cleanup Saturday, an event Mayor Margo

Anderson said the event drew nearly 200 volunteers. Anderson said they cleaned "7 blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue and had United Cajun Navy, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girls Heritage, church groups and even a News Herald staff member volunteering."

The next Lynn Haven volunteer day is Feb.16 on New York Avenue.

"The only city workers were those driving the trucks to pick up debris as the volunteers raked it and bagged it," Anderson said of the number of volunteers. "There were actually chainsaw and heavy equipment workers who came from Louisiana and Alabama to volunteer because they saw it advertised through social media."

Panama City says it has picked up 20 years worth of debris from the roadside in the first 90 days.

“Until you start picking it up, you don’t realize how bad we got hammered,” quipped Mayor Greg Brudnicki.

Panama City's "Operation Clean Sweep," formally set for Jan. 26, is taking a life of its own in The Cove, which is split into Zone 1 and Zone 2. A friendly competition between the zones has emerged.

"Our Spit Spot Cleanup Day is a little over a week away," Zone 2 resident William Harrison wrote in a Facebook challenge aimed at Zone 1 residents. "Zone 2, I think we can all agree, has been surging ahead in efforts to clean up the Cove. Yes, I’m biased."

Harrison wrote that everyone who signs up to help will get free tractor grapple service to help remove debris to the street or alley. Volunteers can sign up via the Panama City website: https://www.pcgov.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=259

But anyone who has recently driven the debris gathering point at Sixth Street and Mulberry Avenue may have noticed - it has gotten much smaller. Friday morning it was a speck of its formal self.

And while more is to come, it's a reminder that progress is being made.