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Debris removal in EBR Parish to end Feb. 7

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

East Baton Rouge City-Parish officials have announced debris removal operations related to the August 2016 flooding will end on February 7.

Crews have been working to complete their final pass, which began back on November 7, 2016. This February deadline corresponds to FEMA's deadline for debris removal activities eligible for federal reimbursement, which is 180 days after the disaster event.

Baton Rouge residents in the city and in unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish who are still in need to flood debris removal must move all debris to the curb by Monday, January 16.

Once debris is placed on the curbside, residents must immediately report the location of the debris by going online here, or by calling the EBR debris removal hotline at 1-888-721-4372. This will help to ensure debris removal teams have a record of residents' locations where debris still needs to be picked up.

If debris is not placed on the curb by Monday and reported online or via the hotline, there is no guarantee it will be picked up. Construction and reconstruction waste material is not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and will not be collected by debris removal crews. Disposal of such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents using contractors to rebuild should make sure to have a written agreement with a licensed contractor with plans about how the waste will be disposed of.

To locate a licensed contractor, residents should visit the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractor's website here.

Once debris removal operations are complete, residents will be responsible for bringing any remaining debris to the North Landfill, located at 16001 Samuels Rd., or placing smaller debris items into garbage cans for normal collection.

Since debris removal operations began on August 20, 2016, 1.78 million cubic yards of debris has been collected as part of EBR's recovery process, making it one of the largest flood debris removal efforts in U.S. history. For more information on debris collection and to track the progress of the effort, click here.

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