Single Pass Starts this Wednesday
Churches, Schools and Businesses
FEMA typically does not reimburse for debris in front of businesses, apartments, churches or schools. This explains why many piles have been skipped throughout town. We (the city and our contractor) requested from and have been granted a one time reimbursable-pass for pickup. This pass will be for green waste and demolition / construction materials.

It is important for these entities to understand it is a single pass (unlike residential which gets first pass green waste, then construction/demolition, then white goods, then a second pass for green waste, then a third pass).

Churches, schools and businesses facing city streets should have all of their hurricane related debris on the city right-of-way by this Wednesday. Debris remaining on these properties i.e. not on the right-of-way will NOT get picked up and there will be no second pass. FEMA rules.

Please share this information with businesses, schools, apartment owners and churches.
State Highways Not Included
In This Pass
State highways LA 21 (S. Tyler, 21st Ave, Boston St.), US Hwy 190 (Ronald Reagan Bypass, Collins Blvd, 21st Ave, Boston St) and LA 437 (Lee Road) are not included in this single pass of debris removal. These highways fall under the domain of the LA Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and thus the responsibility for removal of debris belongs to DOTD, not the City.
City Boundaries vs. a "Covington Address"
Covington: The City
Zip Codes 70433 & 70435: The Community
Covington zip codes cover 150 square miles. However, the City of Covington is only 8 square miles. Like Metairie in Jefferson Parish, the remaining 142 square miles is "unincorporated," meaning it is governed by Parish Government.

Your address simply depends on what post office delivers your mail. It does not determine if one lives in a town (Madisonville, Abita Springs), a village (Folsom) or a city (Mandeville, Covington).

Geographically located between the confluence of the Tchefuncte and Bogue Falaya rivers, the City of Covington does not have any citizens beyond the bridges (Boston Street to Claiborne Hill, Tyler Street beyond the hospital). A few businesses are included, but not residents.

Also, take note of the northern side of town - from Covington High School to River Road. This boundary looks very much like a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces.

Conclusion: If one lives outside the boundaries shown below then you fall under the jurisdiction of St. Tammany Parish. Building permits, Code Enforcement and debris removal should be directed to:

"INs and OUTs"

Though technically not citizens of Covington, I consider the folks who live in the surrounding area, for dozens of miles in every direction, as an integral part of our community, the
´╗┐Community of Covington.

To our South, areas / businesses not in the City limits proper, but an important part of the Community of Covington:

Timber Branch,
Inwoods Business Park,

Target, Sam's Club,
Isabella's Pizzeria,
Nord du Lac,
Winn Dixie Hwy 21,
PJ's Coffee Hwy 21,

Flower's Estates,
Terra Bella,
Normandy Oaks.


Decades ago, the Tchefuncte River bridge was not on Tyler Street. It stretched from Filmore Street to Bricker Road.

Louis Ross Jr. recalls "taking a right off Tyler at 15th Ave, then a left on Filmore" to the Madisonville road bridge.

Recycling returns this Thursday.
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