Debris cleanup crews add trucks, workers
BATON ROUGE - More trucks hit the streets of East Baton Rouge Parish today with a new system to get as much of Isaac's leftover debris cleaned up as quickly as possible.
The Department of Public Works said yesterday that debris cleanup in the parish could take 45 more days to complete, weather permitting.
To help pick up the pace, DPW has rear-loading garbage trucks leading claw trucks throughout parish neighborhoods. Their role is to scoop up smaller piles of debris, while the claw trucks handle the bigger messes.
"We think we're going to get a lot more streets done that way," said DPW Environmental Engineer Bob Hearn.
This morning, a third dumping site was also opened for storm debris collection. This will shorten the haul time on trucks, which will keep clean-up crews in neighborhoods longer.
Hearn encouraged residents to do their part and get debris out to the curbs so it can be picked up quickly.
"The important part of the equation isn't just us, it's the citizens and how quickly they can get in their yards," he said.
Beginning Monday, crews will focus their efforts on the ZIP codes 70817, 70808, 70811 and 70807. DPW estimates they have around 200,000 cubic feet of debris to pick up in the entire parish.
"We're going street to street until it's all done," said one clean-up crew member.
Debris cleanup is being recorded and reported to FEMA for federal reimbursement. Wood debris will eventually be recycled into mulch and soil nutrient. Visit this website for an updated map of debris cleanup areas.