Parish News

Crews begin storm debris pickup

04/16/2018

Cleanup crews from the Bossier Parish Police Jury highway department kicked off their first day of debris removal Monday, starting in Country Place where significant tree damage was reported.

One highway department team began picking up debris on Country Lane shortly after 8 a.m. while another, using the jury’s two garbage and refuse picker trucks, were making their way down a debris-lined Glendale Lane.

Motorists are asked to proceed with caution when driving through areas where debris removal is in progress.

A storm packing at least one tornado and extremely high straight-line winds cut through neighborhoods and rural areas of the parish Friday afternoon and evening. One two-year-old child was killed when a tree sliced through her RV home in a Haughton mobile home park.

A large number of trees were reported down in Country Place, along Bellevue Rd. and in Dogwood and Tall Pine subdivisions.

An emergency declaration was signed Saturday morning by Police Jury President Glenn Benton. A survey of the stricken areas to estimate damage caused by Friday’s storm has not been completed.

Parish officials said crews will continue to pick up debris until all areas are cleared. Residents are reminded that public body workers are prohibited by law from working on private property. Items to be removed must be placed on road or street rights-of-way.

Residents who stacked debris in the right-of-way can call the police jury highway department Monday at 965-3752 and arrangements will be made for removal.

A police jury operator removes debris from a ditch on Country Lane in Country Place subdivision.

 

A police jury picker truck, usually in service to remove garbage and refuse in the parish, has been pressed into service for debris removal.

 

Some residents in Country Place are using independent contractors to take down damaged trees and remove the debris. A large group of service trucks line Deerwood Lane as a pair of large pine trees that snapped near the top are being removed.

 

 

A look down Country Lane while a piece of police jury equipment works shows much more debris waiting to be picked up.

 

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