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News Release
Friday, September 01, 2017

Harris County Debris Removal Instructions

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS—Harris County Precincts and the Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment teams are conducting debris clearance in unincorporated areas of the County affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Debris will be cleared from major Harris County roadways to allow emergency response vehicles to pass through the area to support life-safety operations. Debris clearance will only be conducted in unincorporated areas where high water has receded.

Once emergency roadway clearance is completed, Harris County Precincts and the Residential Debris and Damage Assessment teams will begin debris pick-up operations for residential subdivisions. Please be patient and be prepared by following the directions in the diagram.

Follow debris separation instructions* in the diagram provided by Harris County to help speed up the process and allow for safe operations.

If you are in the process of clean-up and debris removal from your property, please take precautions to prevent disaster-related casualties and fatalities.

·         Be aware of damaged water, gas, and electric lines.

·         Be aware of damaged building and construction materials.

·         Do not attempt to conduct major tree work or reconstruction without proper equipment, permits, and training.

·         Be aware of household hazardous waste and contaminants.

·         Report any hazardous materials spills to: Harris County Pollution Control Services Department at 713-920-2831.

For additional information about debris separation and debris removal, please call the Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline 713-274-3880.




*Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), such as paint (oil-based and latex), automotive chemicals, batteries, and lawn chemicals. HHW will not be picked up with regular debris piles. Harris County will notify all residents about HHW collection dates and drop-off locations.

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