Tangi residents grow frustrated with pace of debris pickup

Tangi residents grow frustrated with pace of debris pickup

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Over the past 13 days, debris piles have become part of the landscape in Tangipahoa Parish.

"We've had enough of this mess," said resident Cassandra Klein.

More than 20,000 homes or structures received flood damage in Tangi, and the piles now mark the spots. Officials say 14 crews are out picking up debris, mostly in the Ponchatoula area, and they want more.

"They need to pick up the debris because that storm is out there and could be here in a week or two," said Parish President Robby Miller.

While parish officials work to get the debris cleared in advance of any tropical weather, they are also concerned about some flood damage to bridges in the Hammond area.

"We can't get in or out," said Hammond resident Wanda Cerigny.

Parish officials say the bridgework could take several months. They are hoping cleanup goes much faster.

"We absolutely do, looking for hanging tree debris, and we're clearing ditches as best we can," said Miller.

Miller worries that federal aid won't be enough for flood victims with no flood insurance. He is now working with state officials to develop a strategy to help as many people as possible.

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