THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE
OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 3, 2019 – 5:00 PM
Debris Pick-Up Begins in Montgomery County
Status Update from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Montgomery County is beginning the process of picking up debris TODAY. Please do not wait for FEMA or your insurance company to get your debris out to the road. Take photos of the damage and save samples of specialty items within your home to show to FEMA or your insurance company. The debris pickup service is for a limited time only. If you would like to participate in the debris pick-up please make sure that you have registered your damages with our office on our website at www.mctxoem.org or with our call center that is open 8-5 Monday-Friday at 936-523-3916. We will not have any drop-off locations, and all debris must be separated into the 6 categories listed below.
Things to remember when cleaning up debris:
- Wear proper personal protective equipment (gloves, goggles, boots)
- When cleaning flooded areas wash hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer
- Throw away items that cannot be easily disinfected
- Discard any food that has been exposed to flood water
- Seek immediate attention if you become ill or injured
What to do with debris when cleaning up your flooded home:
- Residents should separate items into 6 different piles in the county right-of-way, do not bag debris.
- Normal household trash – to be picked up by your service provider. Any normal household trash may be bagged or put out in the restrictions per your trash pickup.
- Vegetative debris
- Construction/demolition debris
- White goods (refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, unit air conditioners, washing machines, clothes dryers, and other similar domestic and commercial large appliances)
- E-waste (electronics)
- Household hazardous waste
- Residents should not place debris directly under power lines.
- Residents should make sure debris piles are easily accessible and are not next to or leaning against trees, meters, mailboxes, water hydrants or anything else that could be damaged during the collection process.
- Residents should not allow debris to block drainage ditch.
- Residents should keep vehicles clear of debris.
In the last 4 years, we have become no stranger to these type of disasters. As always, Montgomery County will persevere and we are going to come out of this one even stronger than before. Every disaster we survive together only brings us closer, and sharpens us for the next
ANY MEDIA REQUESTS FOR COMMENT SHOULD CONTACT MEGHAN BALLARD AT 936-523-3904