TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that the department will begin curbside debris removal from state right of way in both Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes, beginning Monday.
"Curb-side debris removal along state routes provides important safety benefits to the traveling public, and is key to ensuring people can get back to work across the area," Secretary Shawn Wilson said. "This important public service will be expanded to other impacted parishes in the coming days."
Wilson adds that the DOTD has sent out damage assessment teams throughout the affected areas and more than 60,000 homes have reported damage. The removal will help maintain roadways, minimize odors and rodent problems and protect both workers and the public who may come in contact with waste materials.
According to Wilson, the removal will occur in the parishes who were federally declared. Those parishes are: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, and West Feliciana.
On Tuesday, August 23, debris removal will begin in East Feliciana, East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, St. James and Ascension Parishes. In addition, the damage assessment teams are monitoring other impacted areas where debris removal is set to begin in the near future.