GONZALES, LA — Debris pickup for Ascension Parish residents will start Monday, September 10, parish officials said.
Parish engineer Ben Laurie said debris removal crews will follow grid maps for complete coverage. Crews will undertake a targeted approach to efficiently remove storm debris, he said.
“Right now we are asking residents to put out vegetative debris in the right-of-way area in front of their house for pick-up first,” Laurie said. “We will follow up with picking up storm construction and demolition debris after that. And the vegetative debris should be segregated from other debris. We’re also asking everyone to not put debris in ditches.”
Laurie said plastic bags full of leaves should be kept away from the vegetative debris that will be picked up.
“The debris contractors are usually trying to hurry and pick up as much as they can, so having the debris piles separate of everything and away from any utility boxes, bushes, mailboxes, or other permanent fixtures in the yard’s right-of-way is crucial. It minimizes the damages to property,” Laurie said.
Debris that is placed farther than 10 feet from the street or curb is considered on private property and will not be picked up. Debris should not block the roadway.
Laurie said crews are not allowed to enter onto private property at any time.
“The debris removal will take time but we want the residents of Ascension Parish to know we will get to your location,” Laurie said.