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Debris collection continues in Lafayette

Posted at 5:58 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 19:15:22-04

Nearly five weeks after Hurricane Laura's landfall, debris collection continues in Lafayette Parish.

Street by street, pile by pile, contractors are working to remove storm debris from yards.

Lafayette resident Neil Hoffman said, "Not much other damage other than some blown debris around and tree limbs."

Hoffman lives near Lafayette High and is thankful the damage was not worse. He said his main concern is, "If it stays long enough, there will be dead spots in the lawns all the way up the street. That will grow back so, it's not a big deal."

Overall, he knows crews will eventually make it to him.

The majority of the pickup has been completed within the City of Lafayette. LCG expects that work will be done by the end of the month. Small piles were left behind in all pickup zones because of low hanging power lines or narrow streets that gave trucks little room to turn around.

"If we passed you up because of some of these problems, we have a smaller truck that will come by and try to wrap up what we missed," said Chad Nepveaux, LCG's Public Works Director.

Nepveaux said more trucks have been added to the fleet to complete debris pickup. Two large trucks and five smaller trucks have been added to the seven that have been working. Getting these additional trucks was a challenge following Hurricanes Laura and Sally.

"The scale of the disaster in Lake Charles and getting hit in Mobile, a lot of that specialized equipment are in those areas where they have tremendous amount of vegetation and trees," Nepveaux said.

DRC Emergency Services has been contracted to pick up the debris.

Residents can reference zones, truck locations and areas where crews have removed debris.

To access the zone map, click here.

Residents with questions concerning storm debris pickup should call LCG Dispatch at 291-8517.

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