Debris pick up begins
The contractors have hit the road to begin picking up debris from Hurricane Ike.
The trucks, 10 total, began in the Erath/Delcambre area segregating debris that has been thrown out to the road by residents who gutted their homes after the storm surge from Ike.
“They are slow to get started,” said Police Jury President Gerald Butaud. “There are six crews with 10 trucks. Pick up will be slow at first.”
The contractors will separate the debris into four different piles in front of the homes and then place the debris into different trucks. The debris will be separated into white goods (washer, dryer, stove), construction debris, vegetation and electronics.
The surge came ashore on Sept. 13 and many residents began cleaning their homes the following week.
The debris has been sitting along the road for the last six weeks.
The Vermilion Parish Police Jury was in the process of hiring a contractor to pick up all of the debris but in stepped the Corps of Engineer, who already had contractors hired.
The contractors began arriving in Abbeville on Friday and the next day, a handful were already on the roads removing debris.
The contractors were in full force on the streets Monday morning.
Butaud said while they will concentrate on the east end of the parish,. however, he wants at least one crew to begin picking up on Pine Street in Abbeville and in other locations.
“We want people to know we are trying to get everyone,” he added.
As far as how long it will take the contractors, Butaud did not want to give a direct time period but he did say within a 30 to 40 day period, it should all be removed.