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Debris along roadways sending drivers to repair shop

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BATON ROUGE – As pick up trucks are transferring piles of debris to landfills, drivers are noticing objects on the roadways.

Clean up crews are hauling massive loads, one to two households' worth to be exact, up and down the interstate. Safety guidelines are in place, but drivers are still seeing items at every mile marker.

Drivers can see mattresses and ladders on the side of the interstate during their commute. Some even have to swerve around objects like rubber.

Auto and tire repair shops are seeing a massive influx of cars with damage caused by the debris on the road.

"I would say we are seeing one and half times of what we're seeing before, maybe even three or four times as many," Jonathan Bush, service manager, said.

Luckily the most common problem Bush is seeing is fixable, yet still a danger to those on the road.

"Mostly it's nails and screws, anything sharp and metal punctures the tire and we remove it from the rim and patch the inside, and its good as new," Bush said.

Debris clean up is estimated to take months and multiple passes through neighborhoods. Currently, there is no plan or extra patrolling in place to stop the debris from ending up along the interstate.


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