For Immediate Release
Friday, July 06, 2012
July 6 Storm Update: Debris Disposal Locations Announced
Atlantic County has announced two debris disposal locations where homeowners can take their tree debris on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, 9 AM to 5 PM. Designated sites are: Riverbend Park, Rt. 559, between Betsy Scull Road and Green Tree Golf Course, Egg Harbor Township and Estell Manor Park, north entrance off Rt. 50, Mays Landing.
The sites will only accept tree debris - no grass clippings, etc. Individuals must present proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Sites will be protected and secured. All illegal dumping will be prosecuted.
“We are providing this service to assist homeowners who are anxious to clear their properties and regain a sense of normalcy. Once we receive a federal disaster declaration we will work with our towns to further expand this service,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials arrived in Atlantic County on Thursday to begin assessing preliminary damages, the first step in the process of obtaining federal declaration status and subsequent assistance.
In the meantime residents should continue to report their damages to their local offices of emergency management or online at www.ReadyAtlantic.They are also reminded to separate household waste from storm debris to help expedite trash collection.
“We are hearing of residents whose trash was not collected because it was covered by debris and was not visible,” added Levinson. “Many residents were forced to dispose of food after several days without power. We certainly want to be sure that waste is collected as soon as possible so it does not remain outside in these hot and humid conditions creating a public health issue.”
An excessive heat warning has been issued for Saturday with temperatures nearing triple digits and a heat index of 110 degrees. This can be especially challenging for the several thousand residents who remain without power. The county will continue to distribute water and ice to residents on Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM at the Canale Training Center, 5033 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township.
The county’s 10 library branches will be open on Saturday during normal business hours to provide additional options for those seeking relief from this excessive heat. Locations and hours are available at www.atlanticlibrary.org.
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