Ada victim turns storm shards into Halloween decorations

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Mandeville, Louisiana (WVUE)-If there is one word that perfectly sums up the people of Louisiana, it is perseverance.

Since storm debris is still littering his front yard, Ernie Griffin will not let the hurricane or lack of collection affect his holiday spirit.

In Old Mandeville, he and his family took some logs in his front yard, waited to pick them up, and painted their ends like Jack’s lanterns.

“Enjoy our log-o-lanterns,” he said.

“My family just wants to share some good Halloween atmosphere with the community and do our best to inspire others to look at things positively and try to do their best in unfortunate events,” Griffin told Fox 8 .

St. Tammany Diocese officials stated that after FEMA extended the 30-day deadline to obtain 100% of the expense reimbursement, debris collection will continue until the end of October.

Officials said the contractor DRC Emergency Services is using a grid system to collect debris throughout the parish, working 7 days a week.

Mandeville Mayor Clay Madden said his personal goal is Halloween.

As you clean up, FEMA would like to remind you:

  • Due to the severe damage caused by Ida, you can transfer the debris from your private property to the public right of passage so that the local government can pick up and remove it within a limited time. As before the hurricane, removing debris from private property is usually the responsibility of the property owner.
  • When placing debris for collection, follow the instructions of local officials.
  • When disposing along the curb, the debris is divided into six categories:
    • Electronic products, such as TVs, computers, or phones.
    • Large appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, stoves or dishwashers. Make sure to seal or secure the door so that it cannot be accessed.
    • Hazardous waste, such as oil, batteries, pesticides, paint or cleaning supplies. If you suspect that the material contains lead paint, please keep it moist or put the material in a plastic bag to prevent the paint from spreading in the air.
    • Plant debris, such as branches, leaves, or plants.
    • Construction waste, such as gypsum board, wood, carpet or furniture; and
    • Household garbage, discarded food, paper or packaging.
  • Place the debris away from trees, utility poles or structures (including fire hydrants and meters).
  • Remove all water-damaged materials from your home and place them on the side of the road for pickup.
  • The debris should not block the road.

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