March 13 marks the last day FEMA will reimburse the City of Galveston for 100 percent of all debris removal costs. To ensure all remaining debris is cleared by that date, residents must move their damaged items to the right-of-way for collection now. Contractors will are currently making final passes along all city streets. Once a particular block is complete, contractors will not be returning.
If debris is not placed in the right-of-way now, the city's contractor will be unable to collect it within FEMA's reimbursement timeframe. Residents who do not meet the deadline will have to dispose of debris at their own cost.
Hurricane Ike-related debris has far surpassed officials' original estimates. More than 1.5 million cubic yards of material has already been removed from Galveston Island alone.