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texas storm debris removal Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle
Jeff Lefkowitz piles debris in front of his flooded Meyerland home. The state wants to ensure haulers are working quickly to remove storm debris.

Texas AG Probing Debris Removal Companies in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

John Sharp, Texas A&M University’s chancellor and chair of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Commission to Rebuild Texas, raised the alarm bell.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he is investigating some debris removal companies that he claimed "may be overpromising and under-delivering" when it comes to helping in the cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

John Sharp, Texas A&M University’s chancellor and chair of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Commission to Rebuild Texas, raised the alarm bell that some haulers may not be servicing areas as quickly as they said.

The Houston Chronicle has more:

The promise of investigation into contracted hauling companies came at the behest of Sharp out of concerns that some haulers are slow-walking the job. He made the request to Paxton, whose office is now soliciting comments from local governments about their experiences with haulers.

Areas across the battered region are still trying to clean up after Harvey tore through parts of the state and dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some areas. The torrential rain has caused many to gut their homes, businesses and schools, leaving massive piles of decaying debris needing to get picked up and disposed of.

Trash removal could take months, according to officials, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who last week commended Solid Waste Management employees for their work managing "the cleanup of this overwhelming and emotional debris field."

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