Baton Rouge, LA -- Debris from Tropical Storm Allison may contain toxic waste, which can contaminate well water and pose a health threat to children and pets at play.
Heat and humidity can cause mold to grow in water damaged carpet, furniture, wallboard and particle board. Failure to remove water-damaged items may cause health problems. By taking some basic precautions, you can help prevent many injuries as well as the possibility of some diseases.
State, federal and local officials have developed a plan to safely and properly dispose of flood debris at no cost to individuals. Local municipalities will pick up and properly dispose of storm debris brought to the curb between now and July 10.
This service is for debris created by Tropical Storm Allison, not for regular trash or for the debris generated by rebuilding. After July 10, responsibility for debris removal and safe disposal will revert to the property owner's regular service.
As homeowners, renters and business owners work to clean up their property, state and federal officials urge them to get flood-generated debris to the curb as soon as possible to prevent any health issues.
Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage in Louisiana as a result of Tropical Storm Allison between June 5 and 22 should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance. It takes about a 15 minute phone call to the FEMA toll-free teleregistration number: 1-800-462-9029. TTY service is available at 1-800-462-7585 for anyone who is hearing- or speech-impaired. The registration numbers are available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CDT, seven days a week until further notice.
For more information visit the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals website at www.dhh.state.la.us, click on storm tips.