Texas Forest Service

12/14/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/03/2018 17:39

Hurricane Harvey debris removal continues in Aransas County

Dec. 2017 - ROCKPORT, Texas - Months after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Texas A&M Forest Service employees are continuing their work with Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service to remove and burn vegetative debris left by the hurricane.

The vegetative debris burn site is located in Aransas County, one of the areas heavily affected by Harvey. Over 90 Texas A&M Forest Service employees have been working with state and local government partners to burn over 10,000 tons of vegetative storm debris since the site opened in October.

'The operation in Rockport is a great example of the TFS spirit,' said Texas A&M Forest Service Assistant Chief Regional Fire Coordinator Guy Duncan. 'We were tasked with something that's never been done, asked to make a plan with multiple agencies and implement it. The abilities and ingenuity of all the TFS employees is very impressive along with their work effort.'

The burn site uses a device called box burners which reduce the amount of smoke produced by burning the vegetative debris delivered by Texas Department of Transportation.

To learn more about Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts visit www.rebuildtexas.today.