BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The debris removal process is a long one, but crews are working to remove it as quickly as possible.
If front yards in your neighborhood still contain piles of discarded items from people's homes, don't worry because debris removal crews are still making rounds to all areas of East Baton Rouge Parish to get it all picked up.
An employee with the Department of Environmental Services said Monday that there are 190 trucks removing debris on a daily basis. DRC is the company contracted for the job and officials said they are still working in all of the affected zip codes.
If the weather allows, DRC anticipates being finished with its first sweep by Sunday. After that's done, crews will immediately move on to their second sweep.
In fact, over the weekend, Baton Rouge city officials announced a Private Property Debris Removal program. The program was developed with FEMA to ease the debris removal process for flood victims who cannot place the debris precisely on the curb.
The way it works is debris needs to be at least 30 feet from the public right-of-way AND the city-parish needs to receive a signed Right-of-Entry, or R-O-E, agreement from the homeowner. You can apply online or at an application center.
This program is applicable to the residents of the city of Baton Rouge and unincorporated limits of East Baton Rouge Parish. Residents of Baker, Central and Zachary should contact their local city government for local debris removal.
DRC is asking residents to avoid putting debris or construction material in black trash bags. Also, if you put debris under any low hanging wires or low tree branches, trucks are not able to pick them up. So, if you can, put them as close up to the curb as possible.
The city of Baton Rouge hosts daily briefings on the debris removal process in the Temporary Council Chambers, which is located on the 9th floor at City Hall.