Storm-Related Debris Removal

What you should know about storm debris removal 

Following a storm event, the District conducts immediate post-storm assessments, inspecting water control structures and clearing debris from canals and rights-of-way. Debris reports submitted by staff or property owners are individually reviewed and prioritized for vegetation removal as follows:

  • High Priority – Vegetation is in the water and threatening drainage.
  • Medium Priority – Vegetation is blocking the right-of-way and encumbering access or vegetation is significantly leaning over waterway and could be a potential future threat to drainage.
  • Low Priority – Vegetation originating on the District right-of-way and significantly occupying or fallen onto private property. (Please note, the District will not dispatch crews for removal of individual branches or to trim trees that are not leaning more than 50% on private property).

Vegetation that has fallen or leaning from the District right-of-way into private property but does not threaten flood control will be scheduled for removal after the District has completed removal of high and medium priority vegetation. The District estimates that removal of medium priority vegetation will be completed by the end of the 2017.

Private property owners that wish to trim vegetation that has fallen or is leaning on their property from the District’s right-of-way may do so at their discretion and expense. Any debris from trimming or tree removal by property owners must be disposed of by the property owner or, if applicable, the contractor performing the work.It is unlawful to place any debris on canal rights-of-way and illegal dumping will be reported to authorities.

If access to the District’s right-of-way is necessary to trim or remove vegetation, the property owner should receive prior approval from the District for right-of-way access and provide an executed hold harmless agreement.  Likewise, if the District must access private property to remove vegetation, the property owner must provide an executed hold harmless agreement prior to start of work.If fallen debris has damaged personal property, the individual property owner should contact their insurance company to submit a claim. The District will not directly reimburse property owners for damage. Email your debris removal questions to info@lwdd.net.