Jefferson Parish residents frustrated with pace of storm debris pickup

Storm debris is sitting uncollected in a quiet Metairie neighborhood just off West Esplanade near Bucktown.

“I can’t believe it has taken this long, sorry to say,” Lena Fassbender said.

Her street is filled with storm debris.

“It’s terrible, they should have picked it up a long time ago,” Fassbender said.

Jefferson Parish leaders are preaching patience to frustrated residents.

“It’s a slow process, but it needs to move faster,” Councilman-at-large Scott Walker said.

Walker said right now there are 78 trucks working only on storm debris pickup in the parish.

Of those trucks, 49 are on the Eastbank and 21 are on the Westbank. Three trucks are in Lafitte and another four are in Grand Isle.

“(About) 300,000 cubic yards have been up. we’re gonna have more than 1 million cubic yards of debris,” Walker said.

Walker said he is constantly working the phones looking for additional crews to help out, but due to damage caused by Hurricane Ida, resources are scarce across Southeast, Louisiana.

“I think if we have the opportunity to get more people on the street we pursue it, but we are competing with other parishes as well and we have to weed through that to get more debris off the street,” Walker said.

The first pass by debris haulers should be complete by the end of the month, but it will take longer, possibly two more months, for everything to be collected, according to Walker.

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