Final flood debris pass coming soon for Lafayette Parish

Debris-lined streets in every direction didn’t break the spirits of friends and neighbors alike, working side by side during cleanup after the flooding.
(Photo: Kelly Richard Briggs/Special to The Advertiser)
Debris-lined streets in every direction didn’t break the spirits of friends and neighbors alike, working side by side during cleanup after the flooding. (Photo: Kelly Richard Briggs/Special to The Advertiser)

(The Daily Advertiser) – Contractors will soon make a final pass to collect flood debris in the city of Lafayette and unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish.

“Based on the estimates of the total amount of flood debris, we are three-fourths of the way through collections at this point,” said Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux. “While we are still working hard to service our survivors, I am very pleased with the progress to date.”

Since the debris collection began on Aug. 22, up to 13 trucks with double trailers have been running seven days a week. Nearly 56,000 cubic yards of flood debris has been collected, as well as more than 11.5 tons of electronic waste.

All flood-related debris must be placed at the curb or right-of-way so the arms on the collection trucks can reach the materials.

Any citizen in the city of Lafayette or unincorporated area of the parish who feel they may have been missed should call Public Works at 337-291-8517.

New construction or renovation debris is the responsibility of private contractors, and is not eligible for flood-related debris collection.

The flood debris contractor is picking up furniture, construction materials, household hazardous waste, large appliances and electronics.

Other collection reminders are:

  • Flood affected residents are asked to combine debris piles with neighbors where possible
  • Segregating household hazardous waste from other flood debris will speed up the process
  • Flood debris should be placed near the street on the public right-of-way
  • All debris should be clear of ditches
  • For safety reasons, refrigerator and freezer doors must be secured with duct tape
  • Do not place debris next to fire hydrants, water meters or electric pedestals; doing so will inhibit access by LUS should an emergency service issue arise
  • Place debris at least three feet from mailboxes, trees, electrical and telephone poles
  • Republic Services customers should place recycling and regular household garbage in the appropriate cart

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