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October 15, 2008 -- Mayor Bill White joined Solid Waste Department Director Harry Hayes today to encourage Houstonians to move quickly to remove and place at the curbside any remaining storm debris. The Mayor and Director Hayes also informed the public of efforts to make debris disposal easier for citizens.

October 26th is the deadline by which the city can receive full reimbursement from FEMA for collection and disposal of Hurricane debris. After October 26th, the city may be asked to pay a portion of the cost.

“I urge Houstonians, if you have not had a chance to move your storm debris to the curb for collection by either the city or one of its contracted companies, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible in order to get the maximum reimbursement for the cost,” said Mayor White.

The Mayor noted that because of the quick action of citizens and contractors, nearly 73% of the Houston’s storm debris has been collected by City of Houston crews and its contractors. Crews have already begun to make the second pass through the city.
To date, crews have collected about 4.1 million cubic yards of the estimated 5.6 million cubic yards estimated total of Hurricane Ike generated debris.

Though crews are moving swiftly to rid the city of storm debris, the city wants to make it easier for Houstonians who want to take it upon themselves to clear tree waste from their property.  Two additional locations have been created for Houstonians to drop off storm debris.  The additional locations are:

  • 1900 block of Dowling (between by Capitol, Bastrop & Rusk) Key Map 493R; and
  • 1524 Upland (@Timberline) Key Map 449X

Drop-offs can be made at these sites between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 7 days/week.  The sites will be open through November 15th.  Debris from these sites will be removed at the end of each day.

These sites complement our four neighborhood depositories located at: