Debris from Hurricane Laura has been stored on a lot at Jelks Street and Maple Avenue in Eunice. With Hurricane Delta, the city has a new load of debris to clear. (Photo by Myra Miller)
Debris pickup slated to begin Monday
Back-to-back hurricanes left an avalanche of debris in Eunice and across the area that needs to be picked up.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said crews will begin picking up debris left on the side of roads on Monday.
Whether it will be city or parish crews was uncertain Friday morning.
City crews had just finished picking up the debris from Hurricane Laura that hit Aug. 27 when Hurricane Delta struck on Oct. 9, he said.
On Friday, the FEMA disaster declaration was amended to include reimbursement to city for debris removal from Laura, he said.
A declaration is pending for Delta.
The city is waiting for parish assistance in removing Delta debris.
Richard LeBouef, executive director of the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District, said Thursday that crews were to begin the debris cleanup in the parish.
LeBouef said some of the municipalities are waiting on disaster declarations before removing debris.
But in a week and half Waste Connections will make a sweep of the parish, he said.
The federal disaster declaration is important. After Hurricane Gustav the Solid Waste Disposal District spent $4,271,000 and was reimbursed about $3.8 million. The district was left with about a half million dollars in costs it had to absorb, he said.
Residents should bring debris to the side of the road. They are asked that tree debris be no longer than six feet and 18 inches in diameter.
LeBouef said the state Department of Transportation and Development has a contractor picking up debris on the side of state roads.