City of New Orleans Provides Update on Hurricane Zeta Debris Removal Progress
The City of New Orleans emergency debris removal contractors, Witt O’ Brien’s, DRC Emergency Services and Ceres Environmental continue to remove Hurricane Zeta debris throughout the City on public right of ways. Since Nov. 3, removal has occurred in three stages:
- Removal of hazardous limbs and trees (started Nov. 3)
- Removal of vegetative debris, including cut and stacked hazardous limbs and trees (started Nov. 6)
- Removal of construction and demolition debris (started Nov. 14)
Crews have removed much of the hazardous trees and hanging/leaning limbs identified by inspectors. The emergency debris removal contractors continue to make progress with the removal of vegetative debris and construction and demolition debris as they complete one collection pass per city block. Debris removal is expected to be complete by Monday, Dec. 14, 2020.
Progress of debris removal contractors by the numbers as of Nov. 18:
- 4,072 hazardous limbs and 60 hazardous trees
- 23,278 cubic yards of vegetative waste
- 36 vegetative hauling units
Residents can view debris removal progress at ready.nola.gov/recovery/#debris.
Residents are advised to adhere to the following storm debris guidelines:
STORM DEBRIS SEGREGATED BY THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES FOR REMOVAL BY THE CITY’S EMERGENCY DEBRIS CONTRACTORS:
CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS (excludes materials containing asbestos or creosote-treated lumber)
- leaves and grass
HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES (white goods and doors must be secured and compressors removed)
- water heaters
- stoves, ovens and dishwashers
- air conditioning units
- Refrain from parking in front of storm debris piles to avoid preventing access by the City's emergency debris contractors.
- Debris must be placed between the sidewalk and the curb for removal by the City or its contractors.
- Avoid placement of storm debris under or on power lines, near trees, utility poles/boxes, and fire hydrants.
- Only debris resulting from Hurricane Zeta is eligible for removal by the City’s emergency debris removal contractors.
- Any work done by contractors is ineligible for debris removal services by the City or its contractors
- Commercial properties and properties serviced by private trash contracts are ineligible to receive bulk waste collection or debris removal services by the City or its contractors.
- Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
The City thanks residents for their patience and reiterates that one collection pass will occur on every City block. Visit ready.nola.gov for updated information, including progress mapping, on Hurricane Zeta response.