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Work finishing up at temporary flood debris site

9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, December 07 2016 Dec 7, 2016 December 07, 2016 10:55 PM December 07, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brett Buffington

BATON ROUGE- A temporary flood debris site is getting ready to close it's doors, but state leaders still have some questions about its lasting impact on the area.

The temporary site on North Sherwood Forest near Choctaw was opened earlier this year to help accelerate the flood cleanup, much to the dismay of nearby homeowners who worried it would have a negative effect on the area.

Now, just about three months later, residents say they're happy the dump is finally shutting down, but they're pleased with the way crews have handled the site.

"The piles were ridiculous, but I think they did a really good job," one neighbor told News 2's Brett Buffington.

But not everyone is ready to move on just yet.

"Of course there's some excitement that this is wrapping up, but there are still some unanswered questions," said state representative Ted James. "Like, what has this done to our air quality, what has it done to our water?"

Contractors have promised to remove the top soil from the dump to make sure the area is as clean as possible before they leave, but they won't start doing that until the dirt dries out.

The company that runs the site never got back to us with an expected completion date.

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