TANGIPAHOA, LA (WAFB) - Tangipahoa Parish is beginning its third phase of debris cleanup after the historic flooding back in August. Contractors will continue to go door-to-door collecting flood-damaged materials and yard waste.
"If for some reason a resident has not received the first pass, please contact our Road and Bridge Department at 985-748-3211 so this information can be given to the contractor," said Tangipahoa Parish president Robby Miller.
Miller is encouraging residents who have excess debris that cannot be stacked on the curb to file for a FEMA-approved Right of Entry permit so contractors can collect debris on private property.
FEMA is allowing contractors to remove debris bordering on public rights-of-way and extending 30 feet into private property to help residents clean up. FEMA does however require written permission from the homeowner for debris to be collected on private property.
"A Right of Entry form must be signed by the homeowner," said Miller. He adds that renters must also obtain written permission, but from the property owner, before debris collection can begin.
Residents can contact the Planning Office at 985-340-9028 to schedule a time for contractors to visit their home and fill out a Right of Entry form. The Planning Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homeowners should have the following items with them:
- Photo ID or driver's license
- Proof of homeowners' insurance with policy number
- Any insurance claim numbers
- Proof of flood insurance with policy number
- Flood insurance claim number
Residents should note that post-storm construction debris is not eligible for collection by the parish's debris contractors.
"Some contractors are putting paint and freshly cut sheet rock on storm debris piles, and our debris collector is not able to pick up those materials as part of this process," said Miller.
For more information about how to discard construction debris, contact the Tangipahoa Parish Landfill at 985-878-4403.