Heated discussion breaks out between city leaders over debris pickup

By Jonathan Martinez - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - For families like the Biddingtons in southwest Houston, the site of debris is still a common one throughout many neighborhoods.

And like many residents, they're wondering when it'll all be picked up.

"We got the house gutted and drying off. We took off for a week and we were hoping when we got back it would be gone, but I knew it would be iffy," Dan Biddington, who is waiting for debris removal, said.

The debris discussion, also leading to heated exchanges between Houston city leaders during Wednesday's City Council meeting.

"My residents are patient and will continue to be patient, but at the end of the day giving us some sort of timeline I think is a reasonable request," Larry Green, Houston City Councilmember for District K, said.

"You're not going to pick up millions of debris in a matter of a few weeks. It's just not going to happen," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner explained.

Turner said the goal is to be up to 150,000 cubic yards picked up every day, with the hopes of having it all picked up in a three-month time period before Thanksgiving.

For the Biddingtons, who've since had to downsize to their recreational vehicle thanks to Harvey, the cleanup couldn't happen quickly enough.

"That's kind of like our patio now. So we sit in our chairs and stare at our stack of garbage. So it could be a better view for sure," said Biddington.

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