East Baton Rouge expects it’ll take until Thanksgiving to pick up around half-a-million cubic yards of debris from Hurricane Ida.

“If we get it up sooner, that would be great, but I’m thinking about 12 weeks” from the pickup’s start date of Sept. 7, said Kelvin Hill, assistant chief administrative officer for the city-parish.

Hill estimated Wednesday that 260,000 cubic yards of storm debris have already been hauled away a little more than three weeks after Ida made landfall as a Category 4 storm southeast of Baton Rouge and brushed past the parish to the east as a strong Category 1. Gusts of more than 60 mph were measured in Baton Rouge, downing trees, powerlines and damaging structures.

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