DOTD completes hurricane debris removal on state routes in Orleans and St. Charles parishes

Published 8:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2022

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Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that hurricane debris removal along state routes in Orleans and St. Charles parishes was completed on Tuesday, February 1.

Initial debris removal from Hurricane Ida began on September 4 throughout the impacted areas. A total of 44,349 cubic yards and 246,648 cubic yards of hurricane debris were removed in Orleans and St. Charles parishes, respectively.

Final debris removal passes are still ongoing in some parts of the Southeast region. As a reminder, any debris placed on state roadways after the completion of the final pass will have to be removed through normal waste management means and will not be removed by state contractors.

DOTD would like to remind citizens of the following important tips for assisting the debris removal process.

  • State contractors are only able to remove debris from state right-of-way.
  • Dark colored bagged debris will not be removed.
  • Please do not put debris on power lines, fire hydrants, utility stub outs or anything that would hinder the claw that grabs the debris.

Citizens may check for the latest statistical information, debris routes where there has been a pass, and where planned debris pickup is scheduled.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please let us know how we may better serve you: Customer Service Survey.