For release: IMMEDIATELY
Release Date: 10/11/2016
City-Parish officials asking EBR residents to assist in reporting debris collection needs
Oct. 11, 2016
For release: IMMEDIATELY
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
As part of the City-Parish’s continued flood debris removal efforts, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden is asking residents for help in identifying where debris still needs to be collected following the devastating flooding of August 2016.
Any residents whose flood debris is currently placed curbside and in need of collection should contact the City-Parish by completing a web-based form the Department of Information Services – GIS Division has established specifically for these remaining debris collection needs. The form, located at http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris, allows residents to easily report their address, contact information, type of debris in need of collection, and – if available – attach a photo of the debris pile so that responding crews know exactly where to go and what to expect when they arrive.
“Now that we have moved into this next phase of our debris removal operations, we are similarly seeing a shift in both the overall volume of flood debris left to be collected and the more targeted debris collection needs that now exist throughout East Baton Rouge Parish,” said Mayor Holden. “Even though our latest estimates indicate more than 75 percent of this flood debris has been collected thus far by our teams, we know there is still much work left to do. We’re now turning to our residents to help inform this next phase of operations, so that our crews know exactly where debris needs to be collected and can respond to those needs as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
Residents with limited or no internet access can also report their debris collection needs by calling 1-888-721-4372 with their address, contact information, and a description of the debris that has yet to be collected.
In an effort to most efficiently direct debris removal trucks and resources throughout impacted areas, City-Parish officials are asking residents to only place flood debris curbside and to do so in separate piles according to the type(s) of debris needing collection. Any construction or re-construction materials should be disposed of by the contractor performing this work in accordance with the typical approved manner of disposal.
Last week, debris removal operations officially moved into their second phase, which now involve more targeted flood debris collection passes based on any debris known to have not been collected during the first phase of operations. Nearly 1.6 million cubic yards of flood debris have been collected since efforts first began August 20, which continues to serve as one of the largest ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind.
Residents interested in tracking the progress of these efforts can go online to access a web-based, interactive map identifying areas where debris is picked up during this second phase of operations. This map, updated daily, can be accessed by clicking the following link: http://gis.brla.gov/debris
More information can be found on our website.