TxDOT Clears Hurricane Debris
📅 Tue November 07, 2017 - West Edition #23
The trees and brush of the Coastal Bend sustained major damage causing approximately 215,000 cu. yds. of debris in Refugio, Bee, Aransas and Goliad Counties.
(Texas A&M Forest Service photo)
As of mid-October, the Texas Department of Transportation has collected more than 10 million cu. ft. of debris — or the equivalent of about 186 football fields — in the four districts most impacted by Hurricane Harvey since landfall Aug. 25. From Corpus Christi to Houston and numerous towns in between, TxDOT crews have worked tirelessly to help clear roadways and help citizens in their ongoing recovery efforts.
“We continue to deliver much needed service to those communities seeking our assistance,” said Marc Williams, TxDOT deputy executive director. “I am so proud of the men and women of TxDOT who have so selflessly given their time and energy to this clean-up effort, even while many of them continue coping with their own personal losses.”
More than 600 TxDOT employees working weekly rotations have been brought in from around the state to assist local employees with debris removal in the hardest-hit areas on the coast from Corpus Christi to Beaumont. At the height of the storm, more than 500 road closures impacted the state transportation system. Additionally, more than 4,300 bridges were inspected following the storm and only 13 required some repair.
Of the 25 State of Texas Assistance Requests for debris removal TxDOT has received, work has been completed in 10 counties and cities.
For more information, visit TxDOT.gov.
Recovery Spotlight on Refugio County
When Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, it left a path of destruction in its wake. The trees and brush of the Coastal Bend sustained major damage causing approximately 215,000 cu. yds. of debris in Refugio, Bee, Aransas and Goliad Counties.
Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and the Texas Department of Public Safety are working together to remove vegetative debris and help rebuild Texas.