Sugar Land, Texas – The city of Sugar Land completed Hurricane Harvey debris cleanup on Oct. 5.
Approximately 1,900 cubic yards of storm debris were collected from approximately 250 flooded homes located mostly in the areas of Settlers Park, Sweetwater Section 8, Colony Park and Chimney Stone. Flooding in these areas occurred after levee improvement districts’ flood gates closed as the Brazos River continued to rise during the record setting rainfall.
The Sugar Land Solid Waste Division is responsible for debris collections after major events such as hurricanes and floods. A year-round, on-call contract ensures immediate activation of debris-removal services in order to assist the community in the recovery efforts.
The city’s contractor specializes in disaster debris recovery services that comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations, ensuring city reimbursement for the services. Sugar Land activated its contract on Sept. 5. The first sweep of the city was completed on Sept. 15, and a second was finished on Sept. 30. Spot collections were handled by the city’s regular solid waste contractor through Oct. 5.
Sugar Land and Fort Bend County recently met with Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Rebuild Texas Commissioner John Sharp, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd and other state leaders who represent Sugar Land. Discussions focused on intergovernmental coordination between federal, state and local governments to address the ongoing needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. During the meeting, the governor praised local debris cleanup efforts as “trophy-worthy.”
Residents should contact the city if additional storm debris needs to be removed. Any remaining storm debris materials should be placed at the curb on regular bulky waste pickup days. The material must comply with disposal guidelines that can be found at www.sugarlandtx.gov/solidwaste.
For questions about storm debris, call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.