It has been just over two weeks since Hurricane Laura's historic landfall on the Louisiana coast. The storm created catastrophic damage across many parishes in our state. The hardest hit were certainly Cameron and Calcasieu who were in the direct path of the storm's powerful eye.

However, hurricane damage is seldom confined to the area just around the eye. In the case of a huge storm like Laura damage across southwestern Louisiana was extensive in neighboring parishes such as Vermilion, Jeff Davis, and Acadia.

The City of Crowley in Acadia Parish received more than its fair share of damage from the winds of Laura. Much of the city was without power in the days immediately following the storm and there was quite a bit of storm debris that needed to be cleaned up. 

Crowley residents will be glad to know that beginning today those piles of construction debris and vegetation will begin to be removed from the roadside. Mayor Tim Monceaux is reminding all residents of Crowley who have storm debris to get it to the curb because debris pickup will begin this morning.

There is a method to the madness of storm debris collection.

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The team contracted to remove the debris will be picking up building or construction debris first. Items like building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses, and plumbing debris will need to be grouped together for easy pickup. These items will be collected first.

Residents who have vegetation debris like limbs, leaves, logs, tree branches, and the like, those items will need to be piled together as well. Crews will get those items on their second pass through the city. As you might imagine storm debris pickup will take some time. City officials encourage you to be patient and to report any issues or concerns that you may have by calling city hall.