Debris needs to be separated

Picking up the debris caused by the storm surge of Hurricane Ike is not going to be as easy as “grab and dump.”

The contractor who is awarded the bid to remove the thousands of yards of debris along the roads is also going to have separate the debris before it goes into the Vermilion Parish landfill.

The debris will be separated into piles of clothes, construction and demolition debris, white goods (ice box, washer, dryer, etc...) and electronics.

When residents who were flooded gutted their homes, they cleaned out their homes and threw everything into one big pile of trash.

Everything from furniture, to white goods, to sheet rock is mixed in the pile of trash.

Because of the type of landfill, the debris can not all be placed in the same cell and then covered. Each type of debris is placed into a different cell at the landfill.

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury learned from Liz Girouard, who is an engineer for Sellers and Associates, about the separation of debris.

“At some point someone will have to segregate it at the curb site or in the staging area,” Girouard said.

Rickey LeBlanc, who is in charge of the landfill for the Police Jury, said, “I don’t have the work force to do it at the landfill.”

Juror Errol Domingues recommended that Girouard put it in the bid that the contractor separate the debris.

“I just want it off the streets,” Domingue said. “It is smelling and children are playing around the piles along the streets. We need to get it away from where it is.”

LeBlanc said it may be picked up together but it will have to be brought to a staging area where it will be separated.

Domingues named one road in his district that is loaded with piles of debris. Each of the brick homes along Bethany Road, located south of Erath, each received two feet of water.

Piles of trash llying on both sides of the street make it impossible for two cars to pass.

The jurors on the Road Committee learned from Girouard that it is still a couple of weeks before a contractor begins removing the debris.

Sellers and Associates is in the process of getting the bid package together to send to contractors. She expects to mail that out by Monday. It will take a few more days for the contractors to ride through the parish and assess the debris before they make a bid.

The earliest the debris will begin getting picked up will be the middle of October.

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