Report: 186 football fields of debris removed meant to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Posted at 3:03 PM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 16:45:06-04

The clean-up effort for Hurricane Harvey victims continues and The Texas Department of Transportation gives a perspective on the situation. 

Officials say they have collected more than 10 million cubic feet of debris or the equivalent of about 186 football fields that are one foot high.  This took place in the four districts most impacted from Corpus Christi to Houston and numerous towns in between. 

“We continue to deliver much-needed service to those communities seeking our assistance,” said TxDOT Deputy Executive Director Marc Williams. “I am so proud of the men and women of TxDOT who have so selflessly given their time and energy to this clean-up effort, even while many of them continue coping with their own personal losses.”

It hasn't been an easy task.  More than 600 TxDOT employees working weekly rotations have been brought in from around the state to assist local employees. 

At the height of the storm, more than 500 road closures impacted the state transportation system. Today, only one road, Park Road 1C in Buescher State Park in Bastrop County, remains closed due to damage. Additionally, more than 4,300 bridges were inspected following the storm and only 13 required some repair.

Of the 25 State of Texas Assistance Requests for debris removal TxDOT has received, work has been completed in 10 counties and cities.

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