Jefferson Parish to burn Isaac debris starting Thursday

MARRERO (AP) — Jefferson Parish plans to burn branches, trees and stumps hauled off after Hurricane Isaac from three west bank towns will be burned Thursday and Friday in a remote part of a park in Marrero, weather permitting.

If a controlled burn is not possible Thursday, the hurricane debris will be burned at Parc des Familles when conditions allow.

A news release says the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved debris removal at about 48 homes in the Lafitte, Barataria and Crown Point areas. That work is nearly complete, with about 750 cubic yards of woody debris collected.

Officials say the burning is expected to take two days.

The parish chipped and used all other vegetative debris from Isaac. But officials say controlled burning makes more sense in this case because of the small amount of wood and the long distance from permitted disposal sites.

The site in the park is near one used by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to burn similar debris after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.

The parish says it will take precautions to limit the effects of smoke from the burn, and it has required permits from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the local fire department and the Jefferson Parish Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement.

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