Larimer County - Right of Way Flood Debris Pick-Up Ends May 10
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Lori Hodges, Director Emergency Mgmt. & Recovery, CELL: 303-656-3214,
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, 970- 498-7150, firstname.lastname@example.org
Larimer County's right-of-way debris clean-up program will end this Saturday, May 10th. It is essential to end the program before spring run-off due to public safety and cost. Larimer County encourages community members to clear their properties of flood debris as soon as possible, and to visit www.larimer.org for clean-up and debris disposal information such as debris removal guidelines; disposal of flood debris at the Larimer County Landfill; flood clean-up assistance; and more.
· Flood qualified debris does NOT include unimproved land, farm and ranch land, and commercial property. To schedule a debris pick up, please call the Larimer County Debris Hotline at (970) 498-7140. Please be aware, debris removal only includes ELIGIBLE flood debris from county-maintained right-of-ways only, per FEMA regulations. This FEMA program is for residential private property owners who are removing debris from their property themselves, or with the assistance of volunteers and not paid contractors.
Why is the program ending? The end date for this program was chosen for several reasons:
· Larimer County initially applied for an extension through FEMA for debris clean-up to get through the winter and the spring thaw. This has occurred and residents have had a few additional months to clean up debris from private property. The debris program has been going for eight months total and is very costly for the county so an end date was necessary to complete the program.
- Larimer County is beginning to see more household waste and trash at the debris sites than eligible flood-related debris making it difficult to get reimbursement from FEMA for any debris.
- Complaints have come in recently regarding the dump sites and trash blowing onto private property, requiring more work for the individual homeowners.
- The more debris that is cleaned up before spring run off the safer this season will be for all concerned. It is also important to end the debris program before peak run off because if we see additional flooding, we will no longer be able to continue right-of-way debris as FEMA will not be able to determine if the debris is from the September flood or the new flood.
The FEMA extension is expected to end in June, meaning we have to end the program in May so that we have time to do final pass throughs and clean-up before the program ends. Therefore, while we know problems still exist and debris remains a concern, we have to end the debris program on May 10th.