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Debris pickup in Southwest Louisiana continues daily

Lake Charles Debris pickup
Posted at 7:41 PM, Sep 28, 2020

Crews are continuing to work seven days a week to collect debris.

This is just one of several debris piles here in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana. This particular location has been open a week and a half.

There are two separate piles. One where crews are mulching trees. The other is construction and demolition debris. The separate piles are loaded up into dump trucks and hauled off.

One neighbor who lives down the block from the site had a big tree fell in her yard. She says the beeps and booms of the trucks has become the norm as they drive in front of her home.

"It's mind-blowing, it's mind-boggling and it's overwhelming sometimes," Sarah Cradeur said. "You feel sad for you town and you feel sad for your city. We want our city back, we want our home back. It's gonna be a long time but we are going to recover because we are Lake Charles strong."

Although she's ready to have her debris removed, she knows there is so much work to be done and she has to remain patient.

"We know they're slowly getting things in town done and we feel fortunate here compared to other areas of town."

Lake Charles Mayor Nic hunter says contractors expect to collect nearly four million cubic yards of debris in the city alone. That's the same amount that was collected in Calcasieu Parish as a whole after Hurricane Rita.

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