ASCENSION PARISH – Ascension Parish government officials have launched an improved version of a website designed to streamline the process of reporting storm debris that needs to be picked up.
The parish already has a site where people can see current information and updates on debris removal and storm recovery.
Those who wish to use the improved site can also do this by visiting the parish website at www.ascensionparish.net
Residents who do not have internet access can call the Citizen Service Center at 225-450-1200, and a staff member will help them register.
Parish President Clint Cointment said, “A great feature of this new website is that you can upload photos of your remaining debris that is in the right-of-way. Photos are useful to the debris removal company when assigning crews to areas.
Parish officials were pleased to note that to date, nearly 300,000 cubic meters of debris has been removed from homes in the area.
Most neighborhoods have already had one pass by debris removal crews, and some more densely populated areas are on their second pass. These figures are for unincorporated areas of the parish, along parish roads.
Debris along national roads is collected by DOTD under a completely separate contract, and municipalities are responsible for debris within their boundaries.
“I want to assure everyone that our subcontractors are working 7 days a week,” said President Cointment. “At the current rate, we plan to complete in 3 to 4 weeks, making Ascension one of the first parishes to complete the debris removal.”
President Cointment also noted that while the town of Gonzales handled its own debris removal, Donaldsonville and Sorrento relied on the parish program, one of the few parishes to do so.
“Whatever it takes,” President Cointment said.
A number of people reported that some of their debris had been left behind or had not been removed, especially tree stumps.
The contractor explains that if something is tight or requires special attention, he must wait to bring in smaller equipment; as large equipment cannot penetrate hard-to-reach areas, stumps will be the last, but they will be picked up.
Local trash collection company Trash Rangers still accepts storm debris, including those in black garbage bags, near the back entrance to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
“I know it’s maddening. I want this storm behind us as much as anyone, ”President Cointment said. “When people sign up on this new website, we can go faster and do it.