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Final flood debris collection pass set to begin Monday, Nov. 7

For more information, contact:
Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865
Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101
Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

City-Parish officials announced this morning that flood debris removal efforts are moving into the final stages, with crews slated to begin their final flood debris collection pass on Monday, Nov. 7. Through these efforts, debris removal crews will make a final pass through all flood-affected ZIP codes in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish, beginning with 70817. Once crews conduct a final pass through each street in each active ZIP code, they will not be returning; therefore, residents with flood-related debris that should be collected must place it curbside no later than Sunday, Nov. 6 to guarantee collection.

As final pass efforts are completed within each ZIP code, additional ZIP codes will be activated for final collection passes. This progression will continue until all streets in all flood-impacted service areas have received a final debris collection pass.

The City-Parish recently established a web-based form for residents to use in reporting specific addresses where flood debris still needs to be collected, located at http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris. Residents who have moved their debris curbside should report the location of their flood debris through Nov. 6 by using this form or calling 1-888-721-4372. Once a resident submits his or her address for debris collection, additional debris collection requests for the same residence do not need to be made.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

To track the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and complete once the crew has finished its final pass.

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