September 13, 2012
There are many ways to measure storm damage here in south Louisiana, but surely one of the most-visible signs of a storm’s destruction are the piles of debris left at curbsides after the storm has passed.
By that measure alone, Hurricane Isaac didn’t wreak as much havoc as Hurricane Gustav did in 2008. While Gustav translated into soaring piles of limbs and trees outside many homes as residents cleared their yards, the curbside piles left after Isaac have, in most instances, seemed much smaller.
That should mean quicker collection of curbside debris in the Baton Rouge area as the area gets back to normal.
Residents should take care to separate piles of vegetation from other kinds of refuse, such as construction and demolition debris. Vegetation and other kinds of debris cannot be mixed for the contractors who have been hired to collect storm-related refuse.
We’d also like to remind residents that debris piles can be a distraction for motorists who are backing out of driveways. We urge drivers to take special care and drive more slowly through local neighborhoods while debris piles are still present. Pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists can be partially — and sometimes completely — obscured by debris piles.
Meanwhile, we look forward to the day, perhaps soon, when the debris piles are gone.