Debris pickup from flooded properties in St. Tammany Parish, which began on the western side of the parish this week, will continue there through March 31.
The first day, crews picked up 115 cubic yards of debris, parish spokeswoman Amy Bouton said.
Crews will next move to eastern St. Tammany, where pickups will run from April 1 through April 7, according to the parish.
Debris will be collected from flood-affected properties west of La. 434 on the parish’s western side and east of La. 434 in eastern St. Tammany.
Debris should be separated into categories — vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, appliances and white goods, electronics, and household hazardous waste — and placed at the outer perimeter of the property by the street, but not blocking the roadway.
The arm of the debris removal truck must be able to reach the debris.
White goods will be picked up at a later date because they are disposed of in a different manner and at a different location. Residents should not worry if appliances are not picked up with the bulk of the separated debris, the parish said.
A video tutorial on how to separate debris is posted at www.stpgov.org/disaster.
The parish also is opening a second FEMA Disaster Recovery Center on Thursday. The center will be at Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 La. 1085 in Covington, Gym No. 1.
The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It will be closed on Easter Sunday and then will be open from March 28 through 31.
Those who need services after March 31 should go the Disaster Recovery Center in Slidell on the first floor of the Towers Administrative Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail.
Personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration will be available at the centers to answer questions.
People can apply for individual disaster assistance from FEMA by calling (800) 621-3362 or by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.
Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call (800) 462-7585.
Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call (800) 621-3362.
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