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Debris removal: USACE exceeds schedule expectations

Published May 8, 2011

MOBILE, Ala. – This morning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District contractor Phillips & Jordan, Inc. started debris removal operations along public rights of way/curbsides in the Forest Lake Community of Tuscaloosa, Ala.


“We initially anticipated debris removal would begin later in the week, but we exceeded our expectations because of increased efforts and teamwork from USACE employees and contractors,” said Lance Davis, a public affairs specialist for USACE Mobile District. “Currently there are 25 debris crews and eight separation crews working in the community. Additional crews will be added on a daily basis, pending safety and certification procedures.”


During the removal process, a total of three passes are made through the area (today being the first pass) to clear separated debris from curbsides.


The city of Tuscaloosa requested USACE assistance through the Alabama Emergency Management Agency Operations Center and FEMA. City officials are prioritizing areas cleared by Search and Rescue for debris removal activities to continue and will stay in coordination with USACE to schedule the next area.


Residents are asked to separate debris at the curbside into the following categories: household garbage; construction debris; vegetative debris; household hazardous waste; white goods (i.e. washing machines, water tanks, etc.); and electronics. The attachment includes additional details and illustrates specific guidelines for hauling debris.


Phillips & Jordan provides overall management for the debris removal effort. Local contractors who want to assist can find sign-up information for subcontract opportunities via the USACE Mobile District Homepage at


“Currently, 100 percent of subcontracts have been awarded to local contractors and Phillips and Jordan will continue to employ local companies and labor to the maximum extent possible,” Davis said.

Lance D. Davis

Release no. 11-029