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Residents Should Prepare Debris for Final Removal Push

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Taylor Zavala
News Director

Hays County Officials have issued a statement encouraging residents who have debris as a result of the Memorial Weekend Flooding move their debris by August 2nd.

Residents are being asked to move their debris to the curb or right-of-way to be picked up for the final push given by debris work crews.

Currently debris work crews plan to take a break from July 26th to August 2nd to prepare for a final removal push set for August 2nd.

As of July 8, the debris removal contractor, TFL Enterprises, Inc., under monitoring by Tetra Tech, Inc., has removed more than 25,910 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris from the curbs and right-of-ways from affected homes and public property areas.

Photo taken by Laura Aebi
Photo taken by Laura Aebi

Debris removal crews have also removed approximately 8,705 cubic yards of vegetative debris, where Hays County’s Transportation Department had initially removed more than 12,000 tons of non-vegetative debris in the week following the storms and flooding.

General Counsel of Hays County, Mark Kennedy says “We believe that the majority of residents affected by the flood will have had an opportunity to move debris from their private properties to public right-of-way by August 2, after which our crews will do a final pickup,”

Kennedy also added that the County is applying for a separate Private Property Debris Removal (PPDR) program through FEMA that would allow County contractors to remove debris that qualifies as a public health and safety hazard from private property of residents who have no other means of removing debris. Currently no County contractors have been allowed to remove debris from private property.

“If approved,” Kennedy said, “this program will allow the County’s contractors to go onto pre-approved properties where there remains a public health and safety hazard due to certain types of debris. If the PPDR program is approved, the County will set up a special application process for private property owners who want this service, since each property will need to be qualified as eligible by FEMA and the County will need to secure the owner’s written approval.”

Kennedy expects to hear from FEMA within the next two weeks regarding the programs approval for Hays County.

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