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Precinct 4's Role in Debris Removal

You've pulled out your carpet, removed ruined drywall, and discarded water-logged appliances.

Now, where do you put your debris? As part of flood recovery efforts, Precinct 4's Road & Bridge crews will remove debris from affected areas in Precinct 4. While this may not occur for weeks, residents can take steps now to make debris removal faster in the future. To qualify for debris removal, you will need to follow directions to help the cleanup effort run smoothly.

First, residents should know the debris removal process may not start for weeks. Road & Bridge crews are still clearing roadways and making rescues in flood-affected areas. Water in some of those areas could linger for weeks. Until then, do not block roadways with cars or debris. Piling debris along roadways will hinder cleanup crews, and could also slow emergency service vehicles responding to emergencies. If heavy rains hit the area again, debris could clog the drainage system and cause more flooding.

For now, residents are encouraged to begin piling their debris in the right-of-way between the curb and sidewalk. Debris should be sorted before cleanup efforts begin to avoid having to sort items later. Keeping items organized in neat piles will help crews travel through the area faster. More importantly, sorting your items and keeping cars out of roadways ensures that crews will be able to get to your debris.

Debris should be separated into the following categories:

• Vegetative debris (no bags allowed)

• Construction and demolition debris

• Small and large appliances (should be emptied and taped shut)

• Electronics

• Household Hazardous Waste (paint, batteries, tires)

Household trash will not be picked up by Precinct 4. Household hazardous waste should be taken to the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 6900 Hahl Road for disposal. Please call the Debris Removal Hotline at 713-274-3880 for hours and more information or visit

To ensure crews can get to your debris, Precinct 4’s Road & Bridge Department advises the following:

• Patience: As our community begins the overwhelming task of cleanup following the storm, please be patient and understanding. There are more than 1 million residents in Precinct 4 and many were impacted by Hurricane Harvey to some degree. Debris removal will take months, so please bear with us during this time.

• Placement: Clear bags may be used for all items except vegetative debris. Place items in a pile in a public right-of-way between the curb and sidewalk. Do not place debris near fire hydrants, gas meters, mailboxes, or in roadways or ditches.

• Parking: Please do not leave cars in the street during debris removal.

• Public Dumpster: Area dumpster locations are being established, so stay tuned for details to come soon. Hazardous material and contractor equipment is not allowed in dumpsters.

Anyone whose debris cannot be removed will have access to approved dumpster locations across the county. Anyone with questions can call the Disaster Recovery Hotline at 713-274-3880. Anyone with questions about Precinct 4's recovery efforts can call the Community Assistance Department at 281-353-8424.

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