As trash accumulates, Port Arthur officials work to cleanup Harvey debris

As trash accumulates, Port Arthur officials work hard to cleanup Harvey debris

PORT ARTHUR - In Port Arthur, the equivalent of almost 8 Goodyear blimps full of debris has already been removed, but there is much more remaining.
 
Mayor Derrick Freeman said Thursday afternoon that the city is working to handle it all as quickly as possible, while thousands of people are still taking out their trash from their homes here in Port Arthur
 
"I'm very devastated," says Rosetta Byrd, who lives in the city.
 
"I see all my hard work and lifetime treasures being brought out my house," she says.
 
A heartbroken mother, Byrd watches as all her valuables are being thrown out of her once house.
 
"I've never experienced anything like this in my life and hope I don't experience anything like this ever again," Byrd says.
 
And as piles of trash accumulate outside her house, thousands of debris piles remain across the city.
 
"I don't know when the city is going to be able to pick up anything," says Byrd.
 
"Hopefully soon because the whole neighborhood stinks," she says.
 
This issue was a topic of discussion at the recovery press conference at the Port Arthur City hall.
 
According to city officials, over 57,000 cubic yards of debris have already been accumulated by workers and have been placed in various sorting sites along the city.
 
The sorting sites will temporarily be located on West 19th street, 60th Street, and Jade Avenue.
 
The city is currently testing other areas to create other sorting sites.
 
25 trucks have been running simultaneously to be able to pick up the trash, and an 18-month contract has been reached to ensure cleanup crews continue in the recovery process.
 
A sign of hope for those like Byrd, who hopes to be able to come back to her home once again.
 
"I'm just praying to God that the city will work hard to get it cleared out," she says.
 
Officials say the entire cleaning process will take several months.
 
Freeman says he does not want to get the city back to the way it was, but rather better than before.
 

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