AUSTIN--- The City of Austin is still working with people who were devastated by Halloween floods.
One of the biggest tasks of moving on is getting rid of the massive mess left behind. That includes the removal and sorting of household and other debris.
Emlea Chanslor is the spokesperson for Austin Resource Recovery, the department responsible for trash and recycling pick up for residential customers.
"We will continue to be there as long as there is a need," said Chanslor.
There is no end date set at this time. Austin Resource Recovery is working with contractors and other City departments to place dumpsters in areas affected by flooding. Chanslor says they're also using equipment from the various sources - whatever it takes to get the job done.
So far more than 500 tons of debris has been removed. Most of it is going to a landfill in Creedmoor.
"We do have our own crews looking for appliances that may contain Freon. And as we can, we are collecting those separately so we can dispose of the Freon properly," said Chanslor.
Crews are also searching the debris for hazardous waste. They're urging residents not to put solvents, cleaners, paint or other chemicals on the curb. They are asked to call 3-1-1 and schedule a pickup instead. Those items will be taken to the City Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Chanslor says they're now seeing construction debris as people begin pulling off the wet sheet rock of their homes.
"There is a lot of materials. And we are working very hard to ensure the safety of our residents and to help return the area to a safe condition," Chanslor said.
The cost of this endeavor has not been established. Chanslor says Austin Resource Recovery will look at its budget and try to figure out how to handle it.