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LCG: storm debris pickup continues, working on process for CREATE funds

Posted at 12:42 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 14:50:45-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — Lafayette Consolidated Government officials held their weekly press briefing on Wednesday, Nov. 4 to discuss ongoing storm debris pickup and the local results of the Nov. 3 election.

LCG Chief Communications Officer Jamie Angelle said that unofficial voter turnout from Tuesday was between 65-70% and that more than 48,000 citizens voted early and 110,000 votes total were cast in Lafayette Parish for the election.

Angelle also commented on how voters in Lafayette Parish chose to rededicate the CREATE funds to go toward fire protection, roads and bridges in the unicorporated parts of the parish. He said this would benefit all cities in the parish as well as their respective fire departments.

Angelle added that Mayor-President Josh Guillory appreciates intent behind CREATE, but strongly feels that fire protection, roads and bridges are a greater need for citizens and that there are other avenues for projects that CREATE was intended to help.

The property tax rededication from CREATE comes out to about $500,000 a year.

Angelle said that LCG legal teams are working on when that rededication will take effect including all that language and the process that needs to happen.

Angell also gave an update on LCG's ongoing storm debris pick up efforts after Hurricanes Laura and Delta.

He said that LCG has had more trucks on the ground since Oct. 1, which was five weeks after Hurricane Laura hit Lafayette.

He said that LCG significantly increased that number after Hurricane Delta and that the public works department tried to secure more trucks from the contractor DRC Emergency Services after Hurricane Laura.

However, there was greater demand was in Lake Charles after Laura, so they weren’t able to get extra trucks until about a week before Hurricane Delta hit.

Angelle said that, as of Wednesday, LCG currently has 24 trucks on the road working in 11 of the 18 zones for debris pickup.

He said that the first pass in Zones 4 & 6 are complete, while Zones 3, 5, & 13 should be finished in the next few days.

Residents can keep track of where the trucks have been and which zones they are currently picking up debris by going to LafayetteLa.gov.

You can watch Wednesday's full press briefing below:

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