Local, State, Federal Officials Say Major Progress Made In Cleanup Of Debris From Thomas Fire, Flood

May 11, 2018

Local, state, and federal officials say there’s been significant progress made in debris removal efforts connected with the Thomas Fire, and flood.

At a Friday afternoon briefing in Ventura, officials said crews have literally moved mountains of debris.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers managed a $100 million dollar plus project to clear waterways clogged by the 1/9 debris flow in Southern Santa Barbara County. 400,000 cubic yards of debris was removed, enough to fill 30,000 trucks.

In Ventura County, CalRecycle cleared debris from hundreds of home which were destroyed to set the stage for rebuilding. Officials say nearly 670 homes were signed up for the program, and debris removal work is now complete at nearly 650 of the houses. CalRecycle crews removed an estimated 247,000 tons of debris, and hope to complete the home debris removal in Ventura County by early June.