“We’re going to be able to pick up the garbage. It just may take us a little longer right now to do that,” said city Public Works Director Mike Loupe.
The cause of the fire has not been determined as well as the extent of the damage to the truck and how much it will cost to repair the truck, said city Chief Administrative Officer Marc Folse.
“We’re working real short-handed equipment-wise,” Folse said.
Garbage pickup service is done twice a week.
Loupe did not have a time frame on any delays.
Loupe commended the driver of the truck that caught fire, Ernie Fabre, for taking the truck off the side of the road and moving it to center of the street once he saw it was on fire, Loupe said. “Then he started banging on residents’ doors to tell them about the situation that was going on just in case the truck had exploded.”
Fabre was taken to the hospital overnight to be checked out, was in good condition and was expected to be released soon, Loupe said.
“He thought about the citizens of Morgan City,” Loupe said.
The fleet of garbage trucks is supposed to consist of three side-loader trucks and three rear-loaders trucks, but the city is now down to two side-loaders and two rear-loaders due to the one side-loader that caught fire and a rear-loader that is currently out of service, he said.
“We’re working diligently on the phone … to find trucks, rental trucks. We should have some answers today,” Loupe said.
Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi wants “to rectify the problems in the sanitation department” and “was working diligently yesterday” after the garbage truck caught fire, Loupe said.