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One pile next to the street while across the street is a dumpster along Morel Avenue on Thursday Feb. 23, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. As rebuilding moves into high gear in the area, questions have emerged about whether debris trucks will be picking up reconstruction debris in addition to flood debris. 

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

Federal authorities have granted East Baton Rouge another extension to continue helping the city-parish with the cost of collecting storm debris from last summer's flood.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has picked up the lion's share of the cost of hauling away nearly 2 million cubic yards of detritus since the flood. Recently, city-parish employees have been especially busy clearing canals in preparation for Hurricane Harvey.

On Thursday, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office announced that the parish will be able to claim reimbursements for the work through mid December.

Flood debris removal had previously ended on Aug. 13, a deadline date that had been set by FEMA. Broome asked in July for an extension on flood debris removal that would qualify for reimbursement.

In addition to the areas city-parish debris removal crews have serviced since the aftermath of the August 2016 flooding — which include city limits within the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish — the latest pass that will commence on Sept. 11 includes removal of eligible flood debris at residential addresses located along state highways throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.

“Although it has been a year since the flood devastated our area, there is still much work to be done,” Broome said in a prepared statement.

Individuals may request debris removal by calling the city-parish Department of Environmental Services at (225) 389-4865.

Construction and reconstruction waste materials are ineligible for FEMA reimbursement, under the federal agency's policies, and will not be collected by city-parish debris removal crews, Broome's office said in a news release.

The disposal of any such materials, such as sheetrock mud and cut off pieces of wood or sheetrock, is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor, the release states.

"Homeowners who opt to repair their homes themselves can dispose of these materials by either placing them in their garbage receptacles if they will fit or by transporting the materials to the North Landfill, located at 16001 Samuels Road," the release states.

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