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Getting Answers: Hurricane debris in Lafayette Parish

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Posted at 9:12 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 14:54:32-04

We've been getting calls from viewers about hurricane debris pick-up in Lafayette Parish.

A retired resident we spoke to in the parish says he still has debris from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. He says he's followed the proper protocols but it hasn't been removed; instead, he says, crews did half of his street then returned and removed debris from only one other home.

"I've made way too many phone calls to the administration and to the city departments that are responsible for oversight on this," Ray Clement said. "They're not providing the proper oversight."

We reached out to Lafayette Consolidated Government and we have some answers.

Delta pick up efforts began Saturday, October 10th and as of today, October 30, 2020, a total of 164,595.70 cy of debris has been picked up city/parish wide.

The trucks are making a presence in most of the 18 zones that are mapped out.

The estimated amount of debris left on the streets is 75,000 to 100,000 cy, they are picking up an average of 10,000 cy/day.

LCG says they are approximately 75% complete with picking up debris from the streets with the parish being 75% complete also.

Republic is picking up bags and containers while DRC is picking up loose piles of debris. After the vegetative debris is picked up by DRC, then they will focus on picking up the construction debris, as the landfill will not accept these two types of debris mixed, they have to be separated.

Drainage crews are out inspecting coulees for down trees and removing blockages appropriately.

Tree Trimming

Residents hiring tree trimmers, please be aware of the following:

Local tree trimmers are aware of the requirement of them to haul felled trees and limbs away from the worksite.

It is a good idea to choose local in general as many irreputable businesses use storm events as an opportunity to take advantage of those needing repair services.

Please make sure that tree removal is a part of your quote. LCG’s Storm debris contract does not cover the removal of healthy trees unrelated to a storm event from a property.