Numbers show debris picked up in SETX after Harvey could fill Houston's Astrodome multiple times

Numbers show debris picked up in SETX after Harvey could fill Houston's Astrodome multiple times

LUMBERTON - Crew members are making their way across Southeast Texas picking up debris left behind by Harvey's flooding, these massive piles could fill up stadiums.
 
"I'm blessed even after losing everything," says Loretta Ralph, her home in Lumberton had over 14 feet of water.
 
Thousands of piles of memories left on the side of the road ready for pickup.
 
"I know you don't see all my stuff out here yet, but it's really hard for me to look at my stuff coming down," Ralph says.
 
For her, these piles of debris are more than just junk.
 
"There's just no way in replacing some of that stuff," Ralph says.
 
"We just have to pick up the pieces and move on," she says.
 
Officials at the Texas Department of Transportation [TxDOT] tell us that crew members are working non-stop.
 
"Thank you so much, each and every one of you," Ralph says.
 
This debris accumulation in Southeast Texas can possibly fill up stadiums.
 
Let's do the math, debris picked up in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties add up to around 530,000 cubic yards of trash.
 
To put this into perspective, the volume of the Houston's Astrodome is about 93,000 cubic yards. 
 
The total trash picked up in Southeast Texas would fill up the Astrodome over 5 and a half times, and the work isn't done yet.
 
"Bless you all for taking the time from your families to help us," Ralph says.
 
TxDOT officials are asking people to please place debris along the side of the road, if the debris is on private property, it will make it hard for pick-up.

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