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Houston’s Mayor Is Prioritizing Debris Collection

Houston neighborhoods wrecked with flood damage are faced with many issues.


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Right off of 610 and Lockwood Dr. many houses have piles of soggy personal belongings at the end of their driveways, like microwaves, bed frames and lamps.

Mayor Turner told those residents that their neighborhood would be restored.

But he doesn't know how long that'll take.

"What I've said is that we will operate with the highest degree of urgency, that we will expand our capacity, trucks, contracts,” he says.

San Antonio has sent contractors to Houston to assist with the effort, and the cities of Austin and Dallas plan to join in as well.

With the additional help, the mayor says Houston's landfills will have no problem accommodating it all.

"One thing about Houston, you know, we're a big city we have capabilities other cities do not have,” he says.

The flood damaged 126,000 homes. Houston's solid waste department says it'll take on average one large garbage truck per household to remove all the debris.