AMITE, La. (AP) — Tangipahoa Parish crews are cleaning up debris from Hurricane Isaac in the southern end of the parish.

Parish President Gordon Burgess tells The Advocate on Monday the task of eliminating all the waste should be completed in several weeks.

Burgess says some home and camp owners decided to throw damaged furniture and other household goods "into the swamps." The parish has placed large trash collection containers at landings, and he urged property owners to use these trash receptacles.

Burgess said that preliminary figures show that between 1,500 and 2,000 homes suffered severe wind damage, flooding, or both. He says the number does not include camps, some of which are still out of reach.