HOUSTON (FOX 26) - It's a dilemma residents like Mike Evans are living every day. His house had about four feet of water in it, so the debris pile in front of it resembled a small mountain range.
"They cleaned up some. They will pick it 10 feet from the curb and that's it. The homeowner is responsible for getting it pushed out there. How do you do that?" he said.
The arm with that big claw will only reach that far. It's risky to try by hand. The debris is full of mold, rusty nails and an occasional critter. This area suffered heavily when the Addicks and Barker dams opened their spillways for controlled releases. Homes that hadn't flooded in the entire 50 year history of the neighborhood were suddenly underwater. Now many of those homeowners are scratching their heads about how to move all this uncollected debris.
This dilemma is an opportunity for Albert Rodriguez. His work crew is pushing the debris to the curb with a front loader. They've done 10 jobs in four hours.
"People are flagging us down. We just did this gentleman and a neighbor said 'come do my trash'. I went down there and the neighbors said 'come do my trash'. So we are getting neighbor after neighbor," Rodriguez said.
He's lucky. One of his employee owns that tractor. He could use about a dozen more, but he can't find any in the entire Houston area. A fact that mike Evans knows all too well. He tried to rent one himself.
"I looked into staying at the Ritz Carleton for six months and that's not happening either," Evans said.