BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Residents of East Baton Rouge will begin to see some relief from the piles of debris left behind by Hurricane Ida as the Emergency Debris Contractor Program begins on September 7.
On the first day, the City-Parish sent 30 crews to collect debris from Hurricane Ida throughout the parish using two contractors, DRC and Ashbritt. Each is responsible for half of the parish. Crews will be operating in zones, with at least one truck in every zone in the parish.
Below you will find a short videos of storm debris cleanup in the Broadmoor neighborhood courtesy of the mayor’s office.
The program mobilizes “all available resources in response to damages inflicted by Hurricane Ida, including initial tree removal from roadways,” according to the mayor’s office.
Ahead of the actual pickup, teams were sent out to survey the area for damage and debris with a deadline of 3 to 14 days.
“Hurricane Ida was a devastating storm for so many. We incurred mostly major tree damage and power outages throughout East Baton Rouge Parish,” said Mayor Broome. “As our crews will continue to move swiftly to respond to hazards created by storm debris. As we position our teams and begin debris removal operations as soon as possible, we want to be sure to provide residents the time they need to clean and clear their homes of any debris caused by this storm.”
All residents have to do is place their debris near the curb and the parish expects the collection process could take up to three months.
Details about how storm debris should be placed curbside can be found below;
- Storm debris must be placed curbside in the public right of way, or the area of property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole, or easement
- Only loose debris will be collected and must be placed at least four feet from any nearby mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, or other above-ground utility.
- Residents should organize storm debris into piles based on the attached diagram and separated from regular garbage and trash piles, which will be collected as part of the City-Parish’s regular garbage and recycling collection services.
Debris cleanup is expected to run for at least 12 weeks.
If you must hire a contractor, make sure to check LA Contractor for licensed contractors.