Hurricane Isaac Debris Removal and Monitoring
Debris Removal and Monitoring, Post-Hurricane Isaac, District 2: St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne Parishes
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD)
Providence, as a subcontractor to Metric Engineering, was tasked with overseeing and managing monitoring staff during the removal of hurricane debris along Louisiana state rights-of-way. The project required quick coordination of staff to monitor debris collection, transportation and disposal. Our firm supplied about one-third of the 150 monitors required, 12 hours/day, 7 days/week, to monitor operations confirming contractors’ debris collection activities for FEMA/FHWA reimbursement of state emergency efforts. Providence staff performed as debris monitors, tower monitors, truck certifiers, field supervisors, QA/QC personnel and other duties as assigned. This project involved the coordination of over 500 truckers and crews working simultaneously to quickly and safely remove debris from state roadways. The project was extremely fast-paced to allow local transportation to resume safely after the storm. Management challenges included communicating with 150 people across a 7-parish area who were constantly changing locations and often in areas with no cellular service, bathroom facilities, or stores for food, drinks and gasoline.