Crews begin removing flood-related debris pile in Granite Shoals



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Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Highlander
Crews began removing a pile of flood-related debris March 6 located on the grounds of Quarry Park in Granite Shoals. Burnet County contracted with the Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems to do the job for approximately $356,000.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The mountain of 2018 flood debris that has been sitting for four months at a Granite Shoals lot should be gone before spring arrives.

Burnet County commissioners on Friday, March 1, awarded a bid for flood debris removal to Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems at $23.75 per cubic yard. The pile is estimated at 15,000 cubic yards and removal is expected to cost $356,250.

Work began at the site Tuesday, March 5, after TDS performed an evaluation and safety assessment of the debris pile the day before. Cleanup is expected to take about 10 to 12 days to complete, Jay Howard of TDS told commissioners Friday.

Commissioners also awarded a bid for debris monitoring to True North Emergency Management. While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will allow counties under a disaster declaration to self-monitor debris removal, commissioners and Howard agreed it would be in the best interest of both parties to have a third-party monitor onsite to accurately account for how much material is removed, especially since TDS will not be using a grinder to pulverize debris before removal. . .

Read more on this story in the Tuesday, March 5 issue of The Highlander and the Wednesday, March 6 issue of the Burnet Bulletin. To offer a comment or a news tip, email

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