Private Property Debris Removal Starts in Louisiana’s Cameron Parish

December 13, 2005

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and local and state officials have approved private property debris removal (PPDR) in Louisiana’s Cameron Parish.

Cameron Parish PPDR efforts will begin in Johnson’s Bayou. The Parish has completed the FEMA approval process for the first grid of PPDR in Johnson’s Bayou, totaling 254 properties.

Under Disaster Specific Guidance, FEMA policy is to remove debris from private property where such debris poses an immediate threat to public health and safety. This guidance applies to Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Lafayette, and Vermilion Parishes. This determination enables FEMA to reimburse the costs of debris removal on private property in those parishes, as well as those covered under an additional guidance: Orleans , St. Bernard, St. Charles , St. Tammany, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, and Washington.

To date, 217,855 cubic yards of debris have been removed from Cameron Parish, 43.6 percent of the 500,000 CY of debris estimated in the parish by FEMA, the State of Louisiana and the USACE.

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