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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Debris Removal Information

August 25, 2016
Blog Post

Lots of folks have been asking about debris removal. Here's the lay of the land:

FEMA doesn’t put boots or equipment on the ground for debris removal – they reimburse parishes for eligible debris removal activities. The impacted parishes determine the debris/trash removal schedule after bidding out and finalizing contracts.

Here's the latest for affected parishes in our district (LA Congressional District 6) - per those parishes' Offices of Emergency Preparedness:

Ascension- Started pickup on construction items only on 8-23-16. Remaining items will be picked up subsequently.  **UPDATE as of an hour ago, a drop off point for Construction and Demolition debris has been established at Lamar Dixon. See here for details from Ascension Parish Homeland Security (OHSEP), and share with friends across Ascension Parish.

EBR- Pickup has begun, and the contracted company is working through the parish by zip code.

East Feliciana- Contract bids are underway. Once finalized, removal will begin.

Iberville- Contract is in place, but the parish has not yet activated the debris cleanup due to still-flooded areas on the East Bank. Once waters subside, pickup will begin.

Livingston- Contract is in place, and the plan is to activate cleanup today, starting in the northwest part of the parish near Watson.

Pointe Coupee – Contract being finalized today. Debris removal to begin tomorrow or Friday.

St. Helena - Contract to be finalized today. Cleanup planned to begin on September 7 since many homeowners have not yet assessed damages. Parish government to issue communications about cleanup.