For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Storm Recovery Continues - Debris Disposal Sites to Remain Open through Weekend
Atlantic County continues with clean up efforts following the June 30 derecho storm that resulted in thousands of downed trees and prolonged power outages to more than 100,000 Atlantic City Electric customers.
The state of emergency that had been in effect immediately following the storm to expedite response efforts was lifted at noon on July 11. The county is now awaiting word on whether it will receive a federal disaster declaration based upon preliminary damage assessments conducted by representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week.
“The situation in Atlantic County is certainly better than it was a week ago, but cleaning up after this extraordinarily destructive storm is far from over,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “We continue to work to help our residents recover and our communities regain their footing. I commend all those who have provided assistance throughout this ordeal.”
The county’s two residential debris disposal sites remain open 8 AM to 8 PM through Friday and will continue throughout the weekend with hours of operation of
9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday. They are located at Riverbend Park, Rt. 559, between Betsy Scull Road and Green Tree Golf Course in Egg Harbor Township, and Estell Manor Park, north entrance off of Rt. 50, Mays Landing. Residents may bring tree debris from the storm. No other materials will be accepted. Illegal dumping will be prosecuted.
Residents may report damages to their local offices of emergency management or online at www.ReadyAtlantic.org. Residents and businesses are also advised to document any losses incurred with photographs and receipts.
If Atlantic County receives a federal disaster declaration residents and businesses will be advised of any available assistance. It is likely that Disaster Recovery Centers would be established to assist residents and businesses in this process as have been provided during previous declarations.