Most of the debris is marsh grass but there are ice boxes, broken boats and sheds mixed in it, parish president says
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser says the cleanup and removal of debris left by Hurricane Isaac began Monday in the parish.
"About two-thirds of it is that marsh grass that we saw piled up 10 to 15 feet across Hwy 23 right after the storm. There's a lotta white goods - ice boxes, broken up boats, sheds and other debris mixed in it," Nungesser tells 99.5FM.
Nungesser says they believe it will take several months to pick it all up, and the pace of pickup could be impacted by the weather.
"We've gotta shut it down when it rains because they will tear up the levees substantially if it's raining when they try to get this heavy equipment on the levees," Nungesser said.
FEMA is paying for most of the costs of debris removal.