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Storm debris update for Lafayette

Hurricane debris
Posted at 2:25 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 15:25:41-04

The contractor hired by Lafayette Consolidated Government is still working to collect storm debris.

As of today, DRC Emergency Services has picked up more than 16,000 cubic yards of debris, and estimates about 10,000 cubic yards remain, officials say.

To organize pick-up, Lafayette Parish has been divided into 18 cleanup zones; the debris pickups started in zones where debris volume is heaviest, and crews are working seven days a week, 12 to 14 hours a day.

DRC has completed zones 2, 8, 10, and 14 and are currently working in zones 1, 7, 11, and 13 with zones 7 and 11 near completion. Crews will then move into zone 9 and can break off from zones to take care of arising emergencies.

DRC will complete two passes in all zones and will substantially complete the first pass by October 2, 2020, with seven trucks running, weather permitting. The number of trucks will be modified according to debris volume as residents continue to discard materials.

Residents can monitor progress in pickup zones, truck locations and areas where crews have removed debris. To access the zone map, go to Lafayette Consolidated Government’s website by clicking on the following link:

To avoid missed collection, it’s important to separate storm debris. Debris should be separated by yard waste (sticks, branches, limbs, logs, tree trunks, leaves, and plants) and construction debris, such as fencing, building materials, drywall and lumber.

Debris is taken to different waste sites, so be mindful of placing yard waste and construction debris into separate piles at the curb.

Yard waste that is bagged or put into containers should also be placed in separate piles. It is possible that your debris may not be initially picked up; it may have to do with safety issues or access. If this happens, be assured a special effort will be made to return.

Because trucks are equipped with a powerful claw and have the potential to cause damage, avoid placing debris around these areas: water meters, telephone and cable lines, utility power poles, guy wires attached to the ground that stabilize utility poles, street signs and fire hydrants.