Separating Your Debris

When debris removal begins Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish, work will start at flooded property in the  70714, 70802, 70819, 70814, and 70811 zip codes.

The city-parish reported that these areas were selected based on the results of multiple assessments that identified those areas as the most heavily impacted by flooding in addition to the places where residents have already begun to set out flood-related debris.

Residents in those areas are encouraged to put all debris curbside on Saturday and Sunday.

Debris removal trucks will go to other areas as quickly as possible once contractors have completed their first full pass in these initial zip codes. Trucks will make additional passes for debris collection in the coming weeks once all areas have had an initial round of debris collection.

Residents can track the daily progress of clean-up efforts by accessing a web-based map the City-Parish has developed. This map, which will be updated daily, can be accessed online by visiting http://gis.brla.gov/debris.

Residents are reminded to not bag any flood-related debris. Normal household waste can continue to be bagged and placed in garbage carts, which should be set out in accordance with residents’ typical garbage collection days and placed away from any debris piles.

Residents are encouraged to continue monitoring City-Parish social media channels – on Facebook at facebook.com/cityofbatonrouge or on Twitter at twitter.com/thecityofbr – as updates about the progress of debris collection efforts will be shared there, along with announcements regarding subsequent zip codes to be serviced.

Livingston Parish debris removal is expected to begin next week, hopefully Monday, said Brandi Janes, deputy director of the parish's office of emergency preparedness.

Removal will begin in Watson and Walker -- the two areas where floodwaters first receded -- and move outward from there, Janes said.

The parish had contracted with CERES Environmental out of Houston for storm debris removal a few months ago, Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said.