The Texas Department of Transportation will finish collecting Hurricane Harvey debris from Hitchcock homes by Friday, city officials said.

The Texas Department of Transportation this week began picking up storm debris in the city, ending a search for a new contractor to remove byproducts of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, Hitchcock officials said.

Collection came to halt last month when the city’s 30-day contract with the debris hauler ended.

Before the state agency stepped in, Hitchcock residents complained of debris still lining neighborhood streets in large piles, emitting an odor after weeks of being left out in the sun and rain.

Parts of city of Hitchcock, just north of Galveston Bay and west of Interstate 45, were hit hard by the storm, which made landfall Aug. 25 in Rockport, 200 miles south of the county, and moved up the Texas coast. The hurricane dropped trillions of gallons of rain over several days, overflowing rivers and banks and flooding thousands of homes around the region.

Debris removal became an immediate concern for cities when the cleanup began; but Hitchcock, with a population of about 7,800 people, didn’t have a contract on hand, officials said. Hitchcock City Hall also sustained heavy damage during the storm.

The state notified the city Oct. 6 that it would assist in debris removal efforts, city officials said.

The city’s contract with the state stipulates the state would pay for the services and that Hitchcock would pay for fees landfills charge for dumping debris there, officials said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230;



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