Below is information regarding the debris collection process that is ongoing in several areas.
TetraTech, the contractor handling flood debris removal and compiling FEMA damage assessment information for Ascension Parish, has established a hotline telephone number for anyone who has a home in the flood areas of the Parish and has had their home evaluated for flood damage.
In addition to the debris removal, TetraTech is assisting Ascension Parish officials by developing a searchable data base containing all damage assessments performed in response to the recent flood.
Those with questions about damage assessments of their homes can call the hotline at (225) 532-3008.
Additionally, a public drop off point for removal debris is available at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The location is for construction and demolition debris only and will remain open until Friday, November 18.
Residents are asked to enter through the back gates of Lamar Dixon off Ashland Road. You will then continue to the back of Lamar towards the sewer treatment plant. You will be be asked for a valid driver's license proving you are a resident of Ascension Parish.
Contractors are not allowed to bring debris to this location.
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH:
As of Thursday, Nov. 17:
City-Parish officials announced that final flood debris collection pass efforts have now moved into the 70814 and 70714 areas. Additionally, officials released a full progression schedule outlining the order in which final collection passes will be initiated in remaining ZIP codes impacted by the recent flooding.
Listed below are the ZIP codes where final collection pass efforts are either in progress or complete.
- Final flood debris collection pass currently in progress: 70815, 70816, 70819, 70814, 70714
- Final flood debris collection pass complete: 70817
In the coming days and weeks, debris removal crews will continue to move into impacted areas as final pass efforts progress throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. The following is the order in which final pass debris removal crews will move into additional ZIP codes: 70739, 70722, 70791, 70770, 70802, 70811, 70812, and 70805. Additionally, crews will soon be active in 70808, 70810, and 70820 to collect flood debris on an as-needed basis.
As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the "Contractor Search" button.
To track the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and complete once the crew has finished its final pass.
US Senator David Vitter (R-La.) announced that Livingston Parish will be receiving a grant of $3,600,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to aid in debris removal in Denham Springs.
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Residents are urged to separate the debris as follows:
- Construction and demolition debris (damaged components of buildings and structures such lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)
- Household hazardous waste (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
- White goods (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers, and water heaters)
- Electronic waste (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)
- Vegetative debris (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks, and other leafy material)
- Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant, or any other above-ground utility.
- Do not place filled sandbags in garbage carts for disposal because they are too heavy and they will rip out the bottoms of the cards when they are lifted.
The City of Baton Rouge Office of Public Information offers the following advice about mosquito control after flooding:
Abandoned or "green" swimming pools can become breeding sites, potentially producing large numbers of mosquitoes. If as a result of the floods, your swimming pool has become inoperable, Mosquito and Rodent Control can treat the pool with insect growth regulators or even provide mosquito fish (Gambusia) to control any mosquito larvae. Residents of East Baton Rouge Parish may call the office at 356-3297 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for assistance. This service is free.
In addition, since we may experience large mosquito populations, as well as the presence of mosquito-borne disease in the parish, we recommend everyone protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors by following the three "Ds" of protection.
- Drain standing water – tires, buckets, birdbaths, flowerpots, and even soda cans can become “mosquito nurseries”.
- Dress in light colored, loose fitting clothing. Wear long sleeves and pants if possible.
- Defend yourself – when outdoors at dusk and dawn, use a mosquito repellent. The active ingredients DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus are the longest lasting and most effective.