People waiting for debris to be cleared from their yards have until Friday to apply for a city-parish program that will allow workers to clear debris that's placed on their private property.
Tens of thousands of homes across East Baton Rouge flooded in August, leaving sidewalks and yards cluttered with debris from gutted houses. While crews have been working their way through the parish and picking up debris daily, they can only pick up debris in a public right of way unless they have permission from property owners to pick up debris within 30 feet of the right of way.
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East Baton Rouge residents can sign up until Friday to grant access to their property for crews to pick up debris in the yard if not all of their debris could fit on their sidewalk. Those interested in signing up can do so online or in-person.
To sign up online, people need to download and fill out the right-of-entry form at www.brgov.com/roe. They need to email the filled-out form along with a copy of their Louisiana ID or driver's license to BRdebris@thompsoncs.net.
To sign up in-person, people can visit one of three locations.
Applications will be accepted at the Private Property Debris Removal application center at the Cypress Building, 10201 Celtic Drive, Suite B. It's open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Applicants can also go to the Jones Creek Branch Library at 6222 Jones Creek Road or the Fairwood Branch Library at 12910 Old Hammond Highway. People will be accepting applications at both libraries from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
Anyone with questions about the process can also call 1-888-721-4372.
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The program launched September 19, and more than 1,000 homeowners have signed up for it and submitted right-of-entry agreements to the city-parish. So far, the extended curbside collections have been available in 70805, 70811, 70817, 70814, and 70819, and they will be expanded to other areas as more people sign up.