Debris removal from Harvey starts to wrap up in Texas

Residents across the Houston area are starting to wrap up the monthslong effort of removing debris created by Hurricane Harvey.

Local counties and cities have been working with contractors and the Texas Transportation Department to haul away heaps of trash from in front of people’s homes in the three months since Harvey made and unleashed record flooding, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“It only maintains coming, ” said Brian Davis, who works for a Harris County subcontractor to clean rubble. “It’s like the never-ending story.”

Harvey induced landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 25.

Several jurisdictions plan to finish debris removal at the least by Christmas. Harris County officials said they had hoped to finish by Thanksgiving, but the county came across more debris than expected on a third and final pass across neighborhoods.

County crews had picked up more than a million cubic yards of litter, or about 26,000 truckloads, as of mid-November.

Residents previously carried frustration with the slow pace of rubble removal, especially in Houston. The state agreed earlier this month to direct an extra $90 million in emergency funding to help speed up the process.

“You’ve got Thanksgiving coming, ” said Tom Branch, emergency management coordinator for Liberty County. “People would like to have all that stuff out of the way.”

Completing the cleanup would be progression for residents trying to move forward from Harvey, said Trey Haskins, deputy county engineer for Brazoria County.

“They’ve torn out their homes, ” Haskins said. “They’ve torn out their lives. It’s all in a landfill now. They want to move on from it.”

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http :// http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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