Dec. 22, 2016
For release: IMMEDIATELY
For more information, contact:
Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865
Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101
Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957
City-Parish officials announced this morning that debris removal operations related to the recent flooding will be temporarily suspended during the holidays, effective Dec. 23, with operations scheduled to resume Tuesday, Jan. 3. The EBR debris removal program is currently in the final phase of operations, with crews continuing final debris collection pass efforts across all flood-impacted areas of the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish.
Residents in impacted areas should continue moving flood debris curbside during this timeframe in order for crews to collect it as part of their final pass once operations resume Jan. 3. Once flood debris has been placed curbside, residents should immediately report the location of this debris by going online to http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris or by calling the EBR debris removal hotline at 1-888-721-4372.
As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.
To continue tracking the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and complete once the crew has finished its final pass.