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PHOTO: Volunteers scale a mountain of debris on Hidden Valley Road near the Blanco River in the Wimberley valley on June 5. PHOTO by JOCELYN AUGUSTINO


Hays County residents, including those who live in the Wimberley or San Marcos city limits, should move flood wreckage and rubbish to the street curb or right-of-way by Aug. 2, the last day a private contractor will be removing debris.

flood of 2015 icon blueUnder an emergency contract approved by the Hays County Commissioners Court on June 2, Leander-based TFR Enterprises Inc. has removed 25,910 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris and 8,705 cubic yards of downed vegetation, county officials said on Friday. In the first week after the May 23 flood, Hays County transportation crews hauled away an additional 12,000 tons of debris as they worked to re-open roads.

Residents should sort debris into several piles — separating trees and brush from building material such as sheetrock, wood and insulation — and leave them at the curb or their property line. Large appliances and scrap metal should be placed separately at the curb. The debris contractor cannot go onto private property.

As part of its application for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Hays County is seeking funding to remove debris from private property where it poses a public health and safety hazards, said Mark Kennedy, the county’s general counsel. If FEMA approves the request, the county will establish an application process for private owners who want the service; each property will have to be qualified as eligible by FEMA, Kennedy said.

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After the Aug. 2 debris contract expires, Texas Disposal Systems will remove flood debris as part of its regular bulky waste pickup. Building materials like sheetrock, wood, and insulation should be bagged together and put at the curb. Materials that are too large to bag should be stacked and bundled in four-foot strips weighing no more than 35 pounds.

Residents can schedule bulky waste pick up during the first and third full weeks of each month by calling 800-375-8375 by 2 p.m. the day before the requested pickup. The city also offers a monthly brush drop-off and twice-weekly household hazardous waste disposal for residents.

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