It has been a little over four months since Hurricane Harvey struck the Coastal Bend. And communities are still cleaning up that debris. But if you have traveled in Aransas County then you’ve probably noticed big debris sites, such as the one towards Rockport, in the middle of State Highway 35.
These debris sites are under the operation of the Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
These programs have collaborated and are working together to reduce the debris in the efforts to help the communities devastated by Harvey.
Only natural vegetation is being burned, by four box burners that reduce the amount of smoke production. Most of the debris is burned to ash and some is divided into mulch. All that will be reused again to help cultivate the land.
As for the construction debris that has household materials and other trash, another contractor will need to be sent out to separate and reduce the mess.
As of December 21, 2017, 43,189 cubic yards of material has been burned.
There is no current timetable when the programs will be finished at this site.