Corps of Engineers to begin third and final pass for debris in Cameron Parish

LAKE CHARLES, La., Oct. 29, 2008 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractors will begin its third and final pass of debris removal in Cameron Parish, starting Nov. 8.

This will be the last chance for residents to move their debris to the public right-of-way and have it removed.

To assist in making this operation as efficient as possible, the Corps requests residents sort debris into the following five piles: construction and demolition materials, vegetation, hazardous household waste items, white items (large appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, freezers, etc.) and electronic (E-Waste), such as computers, micro-wave ovens, VCRs, televisions, etc.

Crews have picked up debris from a substantial portion of the parish right-of-ways. As of Oct. 30, more than 24,000 cubic yards of debris has been removed.

The Corps estimates there is less than 40,000 cubic yards of debris left and that it will take until mid-November to finish the cleanup. Amounts are less than initial estimates.

Under the umbrella of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, the Corps’ is removing authorized debris along the public right-of-ways of local roads. Disposal efforts associated with this cleanup are being done in close coordination with Cameron Parish officials, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

In accordance with the National Response Framework, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers serves as Emergency Support Function 3 (ESF3), which is public works and engineering. The agency’s response capabilities following a disaster can include providing emergency power, water, ice, technical assistance, debris removal, temporary roofing and temporary housing. Its purpose in accomplishing these missions is to facilitate a rapid recovery from natural disasters.

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