Land Commissioner Begins Ike Debris Removal

It’s taken some time but the Texas General Land Office
is now beginning to clean-up debris strewn beaches along
along the Texas gulf coast. Rod Rice reports the Land Commissioner has a reason for the three month delay in removing Hurricane Ike debris.


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“It’s been kind of slow getting started. But that’s because we wanted to make sure we did this compliant with all FEMA rules and regulations, because we hoped to get reimbursed and if we do it wrong then we won’t get reimbursed.”

Jerry Patterson says work began today to stake out the areas that contractors will eventually clean-up.  Five-foot posts, with their tops painted bright orange, will make the clean-up areas. The staking begins in Galveston and will then move to Bolivar and Brazoria County.

Patterson says the legislature has approved 39-million dollars for the clean-up. A contract should be awarded by the end of the week.

“To commence cleaning hopefully by the 15th or 17th and to stay on site until the beaches are clean. About 39 miles of beach frontage will be affected by this contract and we hope to have it finished by turtle nesting season so we can have the crews off the beach and not interfere with turtle nesting.”

The contractors will only remove debris staked out by the state, so the Land Office is asking that you leave the stakes alone.

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