LCG: Around 80% of May storm debris collected

Contract crews have cleared 22,000 cubic yards of storm debris, Lafayette Consolidated Government reported Thursday, roughly 80% of the debris leftover from May’s ferocious wind events.

LCG has 17 contract trucks working on storm debris collection and expects to complete the current phase of pickup this weekend, with future pickups to run on regular collection routes.

Contracting those trucks was held up by LCG’s efforts to follow federal rules to ensure that spending could be reimbursed, which in turn relied on amending Gov. Jeff Landry’s emergency declaration, which wasn’t changed to include Lafayette until last week. LCG has spent more than $700,000 on debris collection.

A preliminary report estimated $2 million in damage to LCG facilities.