Ouachita Parish Police Jury says they’ll begin debris removal in other areas of the Parish today

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(Source: Army Corps of Engineers, debris removal contractors. Graphic by Dan Swenson.)

UPDATE: OUACHITA PARISH, La. (9/2/20) — The Ouachita Parish Police Jury says they will begin Hurricane Laura related debris removal operations from the unincorporated areas of the Parish today.

The OPPJ says residents who wish to have their vegetative debris removed can assist the contractors by placing your debris on the shoulder of your property.

FEMA policy does not allow the Parish or debris contractors to enter private property, even to collect the debris.

According to OOP, the contractor must remain on the public roadway while removing debris.

The OPPJ asks Parish residents to please place all eligible debris on and along the shoulder, stacking it wide, and not deep into your property.

The contractor’s equipment can only reach approximately 10 feet from the roadway and as such, any debris placed greater than 10 feet may be left and uncollected.

Please  adhere  to  the  following elements  when staging your debris:

·         Time is of the essence for getting the debris removed; please do not wait as it may delay when we are able to remove your debris;

·         Only vegetative debris will be removed by the Parish’s contractor.  Do not put any household municipal waste/garbage in the debris pile;

·         Place the debris at your property’s edge alongside the roadway, piling it wide rather than deep. Do not place it in any swales or ditches, and do not hide mailboxes, fire hydrants, signs, or other such appurtenances in the debris.  If the contractor can’t see these items, they may be damaged in the removal operation.

If you have any questions regarding this operation or simply want more information about your specific situation, please send an email with your details to volkert.ouachita.debris@gmail.com.


MONROE, La. — At a special called meeting on Friday, August 28, 2020, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) approved activating contracts for the removal of storm debris in unincorporated areas of the parish.

According to Shane Smiley, President of the OPPJ, the contractor will only remove storm debris such as:

  • vegetative debris (tree limbs, leaves,
  • construction debris (shingles, fence slates)

Residents will have to separate the debris by type, vegetative or construction, and will not pick up any electronics, appliances, hazardous waste, or household garbage. Also, the debris must be placed in the road right of way and not in a ditch or drainage catch basin.

The OPPJ expects the contractor to be in Ouachita Parish after Labor Day, September 7, allowing residents time to place their debris at the curbside for pickup.

The members of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury want all residents to know that they sympathize with your needs after the damage from Laura and hope that this will assist with recovery efforts.

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