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Metro Newsroom 

Mayor Outlines Flood Clean-Up Efforts

Monday September 25, 2006

Details Plans for Free Flood Debris Pick-Up

Louisville Metro Government and private waste haulers are joining forces to help clean up debris from residents whose homes were flooded, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

“Citizens are cleaning up flood damage from the weekend storms,” Abramson said. “We are doing our part to help get the soaked carpets, ruined furnishings and other flood-damaged debris out of their way as soon as possible.”

Louisville Metro’s Solid Waste Management Services (SWMS) is joining forces with private waste haulers in the suburban areas – including Waste Management, Industrial Disposal, Eco-Tech Environment and Rumpke – to provide free flood debris pickup over the next two weeks.

The services are being offered only to residential customers who have suffered flood damage. All flood debris should be set out to the curb for pick up by Sunday evening, Oct. 1, and crews will work to remove the items by the end of next week.

To qualify for pick-up of large amounts of flood debris, citizens should call MetroCall at 311.

Citizens should provide the following:

  • Name and address
  • Name of waste hauler (if outside the Urban Services District)
  • Description of the type and volume of debris

Waste-hauling crews plan to pick up debris that fits in trash containers or bags as part of the regular garbage collection this week. Larger items – such as furniture, appliances and carpets – may require special collections.

To assist crews, residents should follow these guidelines:

  • Place small flood debris in containers or bags.
  • Carpets should be rolled, tied and cut into two-foot sections if possible