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After Hurricane, TxDOT Removes More Than 10M Cubic Feet of Debris

The Texas Department of Transportation said it has collected more than 10 million cubic feet of debris – or enough to fill about 186 football fields – in the four TxDOT districts most affected after Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25.

"From Corpus Christi to Houston and numerous towns in between, TxDOT crews have worked tirelessly to help clear roadways and help citizens in their ongoing recovery efforts," the department said in an Oct. 16 press release.

dollarpump.jpgAnd it indicated that the storm response is ongoing, nearly two months afterward.

"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 cleanup effort, even while many of them continue coping with their own personal losses."

TxDOT also said that of 25 state assistance requests for debris removal the department received, it has completed work in 10 counties and cities.

Earlier, Gov. Greg Abbott had praised TxDOT's debris removal efforts about one month after the hurricane struck, when it had already cleared 2.4 million cubic feet.

TxDOT said it brought in more than 600 employees from around the state to work weekly rotations in the storm zone, aiding local employees with debris removal in the hardest-hit areas on the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Beaumont.

At the height of the storm, more than 500 road closures disrupted the state transportation system. However, the agency said, "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."

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