Place Hurricane Debris in Louisiana at Curbside as Recovery Continues

February 2, 2006

Louisiana residents can help expedite removal of remaining hurricane debris by placing the piles at curbside for collection.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Louisiana have made debris reduction and its removal a priority as the disaster recovery process continues.

“Debris removal is a massive task that often begins with individual property owners,” said Scott Wells, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer. “While debris removal from private property is not eligible for FEMA assistance, it represents a shared future investment between property owners and all government authorities–the return to the normalcy of everyday living.”

Moving the debris from personal property to nearby municipal curbsides will serve as the catalyst for making that investment a reality for residents of Louisiana . This effort makes streets safer for travel while removing health and safety hazards.

Private property debris includes:

* Materials detached from the property structure by storms and surges and now laying on the ground
* Tree branches, uprooted bushes, yard furniture, fences, broken shingles, individual bricks and other outdoor waste
* Household goods including rugs, furniture, small appliances, mattresses
* Appliances such as stoves, washers, dryers, refrigerators.

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