Final round of Harvey flood debris pickup by TxDOT starts November 1st

If you are still dealing with Harvey debris start sorting it out, the last round of debris pick-up by TxDOT started on November the 1st.

PORT ARTHUR - If you are still dealing with Harvey debris start sorting it out, the last round of debris pick-up by TxDOT started on November the 1st.

You can see debris piles still along Highway 87 in Port Arthur, many cherished memories and valuables are still left on the side of the road.

"We're trying to get these people back in their homes as quickly as we can," says Dennis Alexander, contract worker.

He says seeing all these valuables outside is heart-wrenching.

Despite several of these contract workers losing their own home, they're still gutting out the houses for other people.

"With us being out here throughout the week, we go home on the weekend's to work on our own stuff," Alexander says.

The end of debris cleanup on state roadways by TxDOT is piling even more on their already heavy workload.

"They need to give more time on that," He says.

"There are houses that need to be torn out," Alexander explains.

TxDOT crew members have already removed more than 62 thousand cubic yards of trash.

This final round will be taking place in Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Liberty, Chambers, Tyler, Jasper and Newton Counties.

"They're doing a good job, I was surprised on how fast it's going away," Alexander says.

Hoping to then have time to clean out his own personal homes.

TxDOT is urging people to place their debris on the right away by the street making it easier for crew members to pick up trash.

They say that despite this being the last round, there is no set date on when clean up will end.

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