Office of the Mayor-President

For release: IMMEDIATELY

Release Date: 04/18/2017

City to begin picking up flood debris on state highways

Janene Tate, Communications Director
Desk: 225-389-7957
Mobile: 504-913-9638

BATON ROUGE, La. – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today that city-parish debris removal crews will soon begin picking up eligible flood debris located in the rights-of-way along state highways. This decision comes in response to the ongoing recovery needs of Baton Rouge residents impacted by the August 2016 flooding.
“We understand many of our residents continue to have needs related to the collection of their flood debris following last year’s devastating flooding,” Broome said. “Our decision to pick up eligible flood debris along state routes is intended to address many of these remaining needs and provide relief to residents throughout East Baton Rouge Parish who live on state highways, helping them – like so many of us impacted by this flooding – continue on the path to full recovery.”
The debris removal is being coordinated with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and FEMA to ensure compliance for federal reimbursement purposes. The project will involve areas throughout East Baton Rouge Parish, including Baker, Zachary, and Central city limits.
Residents who were impacted by the August 2016 flooding and live along any of the following routes should move their flood debris curbside as soon as possible so that crews can collect it once these debris removal efforts begin:

• Airline Highway (Hwy 61)
• Ben Hur Road
• Blackwater Road (Hwy 410)
• Bluebonnet Boulevard (Hwy 1248)
• Burbank Drive (Hwy 42)
• Church Street (Hwy 64)
• East Central Avenue (Hwy 1209)
• Essen Lane (Hwy 3064)
• Florida Boulevard (Hwy 190)
• Gardere Lane (327 Spur)
• Greenwell Springs Road (Hwy 37)
• Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road (Hwy 64)
• Highland Road (Hwy 42)
• Highway 19
• Hooper Road (Hwy 408)
• Jefferson Highway (Hwy 73)
• Joor Road (Hwy 946)
• Lavey Lane (Hwy 3006)
• Liberty Road (Hwy 409)
• Magnolia Bridge Road (Hwy 3034)
• Main Street (Hwy 64)
• Mount Pleasant-Zachary Road (Hwy 64)
• Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30)
• Old Baker Road (Hwy 1209)
• Old Hammond Highway (Hwy 426)
• Old Scenic Highway (Hwy 964)
• O’Neal Lane (Hwy 3245)
• Perkins Road (Hwy 427)
• Perkins Road East (Hwy 427)
• Plank Road (Hwy 67)
• Pride-Baywood Road (Hwy 409)
• Riley Road (Hwy 409)
• Samuels Road (Hwy 61)
• Scenic Highway (Hwy 61)
• Scotland-Zachary Highway (Hwy 19)
• Siegen Lane (Hwy 3246)
• Sullivan Road (Hwy 3034)
• Thomas Road (Hwy 423)
• Wax Road (Hwy 3034)
• Zachary-Deerford Road (Hwy 64)
• Zachary-Slaughter Highway (Hwy 19)

At this time and under current FEMA policies, construction and reconstruction waste materials — including those located along state routes — remain ineligible for FEMA reimbursement and will not be collected by city-parish debris removal crews, as the disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Mayor-President Broome and city-parish officials remain in active discussions with FEMA and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to request a policy shift or exemption that would provide a financial mechanism and federal reimbursement for the removal of any such materials. Homeowners who opt to repair their homes themselves can dispose of these materials by either placing them in their garbage carts if they will fit, or transporting them to the North Landfill located at 16001 Samuels Road.
City-parish debris removal crews have collected 1.92 million cubic yards of debris to date, representing one of the largest-ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind. For more information and to track the progress of the city-parish’s debris removal program, visit