Final pass for Lake Charles residential debris begins August 9

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 11:15 AM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The last opportunity for residents in the Lake Area to get debris to the road starts next week.

FEMA will begin the final pass for its residential debris pick-up program for the City of Lake Charles on Aug. 9, 2021.

”There was a lot of debris. Since last fall, we’ve picked up over 4.2 million cubic yards of debris,” said City Administrator John Cardone.

Cardone said it will be a fairly quick pass, expected to wrap up on Aug. 27, exactly one year from Hurricane Laura.

Property owners need to have all residential debris to the curb by this date.

With so many buildings and homes demolished since the storms, Cardone said that debris qualifies as well.

“If it’s damaged and it’s a residence and you finally settled something with your insurance company and it’s being torn down, they won’t pick the slabs up, but we can get them, if it qualifies, to pick up whatever residential debris is put to the roadway, but you got to move quick,” Cardone said.

Debris removal monitors and contractors will inspect each city roadway before considering it complete to ensure that all eligible debris placed on the city rights-of-way by the deadline is collected.

To expedite this process, residents are asked to sort debris when placing it curbside by creating separate piles for vegetative debris, construction debris, appliances, white goods, electronics and hazardous household waste.

Cardone said in a few weeks, the city plans to roll out a program for those who may be held up with insurance on making long-term decisions for their property.

“There is a program for our citizens. It’s a little bit more detailed than just putting your debris out to the roadway because there’s a qualification process, but there will be some options there,” Cardone said.

Residents with debris questions or those who need to report any missed debris can call 337-491-1346.

Also beginning Monday, the City of Sulphur will open its Private Property Debris Removal Intake Center for property owners that still have storm debris located on their property.

If your property has disaster generated debris (trees, stumps, vegetation, construction and demolition materials) that you cannot remove and poses a threat to public health and safety or if your home has suffered catastrophic structural damage, you may apply for assistance through the Hurricane Laura Private Property Debris Removal and Demolition Program.

The Private Property Debris Removal Intake Center will be located at 1551 E. Napoleon St.

For any questions regarding the application, email or call 337-258-5168.

Private Property Debris Removal Intake Center Hours are as follows:

· Monday through Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

· Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

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