Four million cubic yards. That is the amount of debris contractors have picked up since after Hurricane Laura. I decided to throw that into a conversion table to bring it to the standard measurements to help get it into a better perspective. Four million cubic yards is equal to 108 million cubic feet. To put that a different way, a typical eight-foot truck bed can hold 66 cubic feet. Slap in a little math and so far we have had enough debris picked up in our area to fill over 1.6 million truck beds.

As we get into May, the contractors will begin making their last passes to pick up our debris. They are asking to have all residential debris brought to the curb by Monday, May 17. Just as before, separate piles of debris are preferred when you are bringing the items to the curb. Items should be separated by vegetative, construction, appliances, electronic, and household waste.

There will be monitors going around all roadways in the area to ensure debris has been picked up before saying the area has been totally cleared of curbside debris in residential areas. If you have any questions about debris or debris not being picked up, call 337-491-1346.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.