Acadia

Apr 12, 2011 1:57 AM by Jim Hummel

Rayne Tornado Debris Will Soon Be Hauled Away

If you've driven along I-10 in Acadia Parish in the past month, chances are you've seen the enormous pile of debris along the side of the interstate in Rayne. The debris is from last month's deadly and destructive tornado, and as the city cleaned up, the patch of land near Gossen Memorial Park became a dumping ground for scraps of wood, tree limbs and structures that were destroyed in the tornado.

"It's right by our RV park, our civic center complex, so we definitely don't want it to be there long," said Rayne Mayor Jimbo Petitjean.

Wednesday, Petitjean will meet with the Acadia Parish Police Jury, to devise a plan of action for moving the debris to a landfill.

"Where you see the debris site now, it was the most convenient spot, and it's one that we've used on three different occasions for storms that have taken place in Rayne," he said.

The site was also used as a dumping ground for debris after Hurricane Lili in 2002, but what's different this time is the volume of debris. Petitjean estimates the debris pile is two times larger than it was back in 2002.

Petitjean says it could be only be a matter three to four weeks before the site is finally cleared, though he'll have a better time frame after Wednesday's meeting with the police jury.

Jim Hummel

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