Debris Collection Begins This Weekend, Could Take Up To 40 Days
Debris collection in West U. is scheduled to begin tomorrow, after the city contracted with FEMA-approved SRS contractors to perform the work. The city estimates 60,000 cubic yards of debris that will require removal, a process that could take up to 40 days and cost $1 million to $2 million dollars.
The city has already sent FEMA requests for reimbursements. The contractors should begin work with three crews tomorrow, with five crews in the city by the end of the weekend.
It should take two to three weeks for the initial pass through the city, then the contractors will wait a week before making a second pass.
“That would give the residents about three more weeks to get everything out to the curb for us to collect,” said Ross.
The city will place signs on streets scheduled for collection, advising residents not to park on the street during the clean-up.
All city facilities have had power restored, and city officials have communicated with CenterPoint regarding areas that are still without. City Manager Michael Ross says the southeast quadrant of the city is still without power, but the city has no ability to prioritize for CenterPoint.
“What I am doing is forwarding information to them when we see a large area of town (without power),” said Ross.
The city’s water and sewage systems are up and running and solid waste collection has resumed the normal schedule for household garbage.