Hurricane Ida debris removal set for Gonzales

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Gonzales Contractor, CERES, will begin a large-scale debris removal due to Hurricane Ida from public rights-of-way within the city on Monday, Sept. 6.

City residents who wish to have their vegetative debris such as tree branches, logs, trunks, stumps, etc. and construction debris such as fence boards, roof material, building materials, etc. removed can assist CRES in making this happen.

According to a press release from the City of Gonzales, FEMA has a policy that does not allow the City or its debris contractor to work on private property to collect debris. The contractor has to stay on the public roadway to remove storm-related debris.

Any debris that needs to be removed must be placed and stacked along the roadway shoulder for removal since the contractor’s equipment can only be reached up to 10 ft. from the roadway.

The City of Gonzales asks to follow these guidelines when placing debris:

  •  Do not put any household municipal waste/garbage in the debris pile, as the city will collect normal household waste and garbage as scheduled
  • Do not place debris in any swales or ditches, mailboxes, fire hydrants, signs, etc.  If the contractor can’t see these items, they may be damaged in the removal operation.
  • Separate vegetative debris from construction debris into individual piles, and do not use plastic bags for any vegetative debris. Vegetative piles with plastic bags will not be picked up. Piles of mixed debris will not be picked up.

Any questions regarding this procedure can be sent via email with your details to

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