TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Crews will start clearing debris today that is piling up in front of flood-damaged homes across the state.
Crews are going to make their way across the 20 parishes included in a disaster declaration after recent flooding.
Workers will begin the cleanup in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes today.
This is the State of Louisiana 's effort to clear roadways of debris and protect citizens from the hazardous materials created from the historic flooding across south Louisiana.
The state estimates about 60,000 homes were damaged.
Tomorrow crews will start the cleanup in Ascension, St. James and East Baton Rouge parishes.
The state also wants to get the cleanup going because of health concerns.
Officials say rodents often take refuge in debris piles and the smell creates an issue for people living in the area as well.
There is no estimate as to how long this cleanup will take as some homes in places like Ascension are still flooded.
Also, in Tangipahoa Parish schools are closed until Wednesday.