OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Local jurisdictions now have through June 3 to contract for debris removal to receive 100 percent federal funding, according to state and federal disaster recovery officials. Typically jurisdictions have 72 hours from a presidentially declared disaster to formalize an emergency services agreement.
"Extending the debris removal time allows local jurisdictions a better opportunity to plan their work projects more efficiently and effectively," said Fred Liebe, state coordinating officer of the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM).
Jurisdictions should contact ODCEM to discuss their debris removal options. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assigns debris removal to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In turn, the Corps contracts with private business. According to state officials, the devastation caused by the May 3-5 storms and tornadoes will require more than 70 trucks, and one or more work crews assigned to each eligible city.
Crews will begin picking up disaster-related debris no later than May 12. Debris will be collected on public rights-of-way only. Individuals may place their debris at curbside because crews do not go on private property.