Liv Gilreath searches for salvageable items from a friend's home after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey drenched the city, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Bloomberg) – Harvey has moved on from the U.S. Gulf Coast, leaving behind a toxic stew of human sewage, dead cattle, leaking chemical plants, spilled gasoline storage tanks and abandoned pickup trucks.

The cleanup will take patience, billions of dollars and fleets of heavy gear to clear acres of muck and enough debris to fill hundreds of football stadiums in effort overseen by federal and state authorities.

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