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Brusly residents concerned about leftover debris

4 years ago September 01, 2011 Sep 1, 2011 Thursday, September 01 2011 Thursday, September 01, 2011 9:16:43 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE-  In West Baton Rouge Parish, people are worried about what's left behind from the last thunderstorm, and what it could do with a storm blowing in this weekend.

Piles of debris that vary from some the size of school-aged children, to others as high as a house, litter some streets in Brusly.

People are concerned they'll become more than just an eye-sore soon.

"Starting tonight, tomorrow, rain, wind, I can see one of those can fly over here, or fly over there, or fly into their house," said Sarge Jordan.

Homeowners in the "Back Brusly" area say the brush has taken over their yards, since they cleaned-up after a storm two weeks ago.

Skye Turner said, "Grass is dying, every time the wind blows, we have leaves, we have litter, we have debris."

The residents knew debris pick-up wasn't scheduled for several weeks, and weren't concerned until now.

"I did my part as a landowner to try and clean it up as fast as possible, being considerate of my neighbors and I've done my part, now I have to sit here and just stare at it every day," said Tabitha Winstel.

The city says it is aware of piles like this still around town and it's actually spending $6,000 extra do get it picked up quickly, it's just asking for the public's patience in the meantime.

Mayor Joey Normand said, "We think we have probably three-quarters of the town is picked up and they expect to finish it either tomorrow or maybe into Saturday, but it'll be picked up real soon."

And because they see evidence of it in other neighborhoods, these homeowners say they believe it.

"I'm sure the mayor and all them, they'll get on it, I'm sure they're gonna take care of it," said Jordan.

Turner said, "I'm gonna stay positive and hope that it does."

Since the development in the Gulf, city contractors have doubled their workload.

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