Officials Urge Residents to Clear Debris Ahead of Hurricane Season


POSTED: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 1:17pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 7:25am

The rare frost we experienced just a few months back, combined with the drought we're enduring now, has made for some extremely dry and even dead vegetation.

The city of Brownsville's Public Works Department has been playing catch up clearing debris, like large brush piles, for a good while now, luckily just in time for hurricane season, which starts today, June 1st.

While the city has worked to clear the streets and neighborhoods of these leaves and branches, they're asking that you do your part and it starts in your yard.

"The kind of lose debris is really what you need to try to pick up right away and have available for disposal, "said Joe Hinojosa from the City of Brownsville’s Environmental Services Dept.

Next, getting out the tools may benefit not only you, but your neighbors as well.

If strong winds blow through during a storm, dead or loosely hanging palm leaves or branches can either be a hazard or fall in the streets causing a potential clog up the storm drains, which can result in flooding.

"If you can, try to do the most important, the most urgent parts first…” said Hinojosa

But you don't have to re-landscape your entire yard all at once, if fact, the city does not want that.

"And then try to taper off some of that other non essential cutting,” he added.

Otherwise city pick up crews would be backed up.

When you do make the necessary cuts to your trees remember this when you put your debris out for pickup at the curb…

"Not to block the drainage ditches or bar ditches by their homes, I mean if they have to put it there, put the brush where it doesn't block the flow, "reminded Hinojosa.

Ideally, the city would like residents to work on cutting their trees a little, week by week, so that their system isn't backed up as previously mentioned.

If you do have a large pile you need picked up before your monthly pick up, you can contact Brownsville's Public Works Department at (956) 838-6253.


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