EBR Parish starts second and final round of storm debris clean-up

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POSTED: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 6:34pm

Crews from the East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works are making their final rounds for debris clean up this week. More than thirty days after Isaac’s landfall, people are ready to say goodbye to the dead tree limbs cluttering up their front curbs.

"This one here's been out here for about a week and a half now. Waiting for them to come and get it so we can get the rest of the yard clean," Gary LeCroix, a resident of EBR Parish, explained of his storm debris.

More than a month after Isaac made landfall many are still waiting to see the last of their debris taken away.

"The first time they were quick. Second round? You know they got a lot of stuff down everywhere else so we're just being patient," LeCroix continued.

With the first pass of clean up complete DPW is starting its second and final pass to pick up vegetation and demo debris from the storm.

"Every storm has its own personality, and the way this storm put it out, it's not a lot volume wise. But it's a lot at every body's house. At first pass everybody had some, so that was a time consuming process," Bob Hearn, an environmental engineer with the city-parish, explained.

Hearn admits some streets and homes may have been missed the first time around though, that's why they're asking you to call 311 and report your street if you think you've been skipped.

"That’s appreciated actually when they call us and let us know that we may have missed them because we will check, and we will be sure they get the service that we're supposed to get for them," Hearn explained.

For those waiting to say good-bye to the last of their debris, there's nothing left to do but wait.

"It’s pretty much an eyesore, you don't like to see it when you drive up. But we're just being patient. There isn’t much else we can do about it," LeCroix said.

Clean up is still on schedule to wrap up 45 days after the storm hit the area, although this weekend's rain has set crews back a little.

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