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Final pass for debris pickup happening now in some Calcasieu Parish areas

Updated: Apr. 13, 2021 at 6:53 AM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The final pass for hurricane debris pick up for residents in Calcasieu Parish unincorporated areas is happening now.

After 200 days of debris pick up, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is making their final pass down each road to ensure that all eligible debris is picked up.

Allen Wainwright, Director of Engineering and Public Works for the Calcasieu Police Jury, says that they’ve been able to pick up nearly 7 million cubic yards of debris.

Wainwright wondered at the beginning of this process if they’d ever get done. Now he’s pleased to see the strides that have been made.

“It’s really hard to imagine now, but if you go back and look at the streets and the conditions of the road just weeks after Hurricane Laura came through, for myself, I looked at it as a task and wondered if we’d ever get done,” Wainwright said.

To help make the process quicker, residents are asked to sort their debris out when they place it curbside. Those sections include vegetation, construction, appliances, electronics, and hazardous household waste.

Wainwright understands that this process has been a little confusing at times but wants people to know that this will be the final debris pick up in unincorporated areas.

“Many times when you’re hearing duplications of final pass or final day to put something out, that’s what you’re hearing,” Wainwright said. “This is Calcasieu Parish’s only final pass, but we have been added for 200 days now picking up debris. There have been many, many passes on each route. I really believe there’s some confusion out there. I understand that.”

He hopes that the entire parish can be wrapped up by the end of this month.

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