Hurricane Irene Clean Up Update from 8/30 at 3:00PM
I want to update you on the recovery operations going on in Englewood from Hurricane Irene. I toured the city last night and found power to be out in all four wards. This morning I contacted PSE&G to get an update on their efforts to restore customer’s electric services, and was pleased to learn that they would have crews in all four wards today. These crews would be working to trim tress out of the wires, splice in new wires, and work to restore all transmission systems. As of Monday, PSE&G reported that between 2,000 and 5,000 Englewood customers were without power. This have been revised, as of 2:00 this afternoon, to less than 500 customers in Englewood without power.
PSE&G has cleared Broad Ave. so that it was fully reopened. They stabilized the transformer on Cambridge, which allowed our pumping station to go back into service, and are working on a major pole and wire problem on North Woodland, which they hope to complete today. Power is now fully restored at the police station, which was running on an emergency generator, as well as the DPW building. As of this afternoon, PSE&G is responding to restore power in Wards 1 through 4. I appreciate the efforts PSE&G are making and hope that everyone in Englewood can have their power restored very soon.
United Water has advised me that customers may notice a “musty” or “earthy” taste and odor in the water. This is a result of rapidly changing temperatures and excessive rainfall from Hurricane Irene which caused the bottom of the reservoir to mix with the water. United Water is changing their treatment process to reduce the unusual taste and odor that some customers may be experiencing. United Water assures me that the water remains safe for drinking, cooking, consumption, and other uses.
Due to the hurricane and the normal end of summer drop in donations, there is a serious blood shortage in New Jersey. The Englewood Department of Health has scheduled a blood drive to help with this shortage. It will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 11 am to 3 pm in the parking lot of the TD Bank, located at 9 Demarest Ave. Please come and donate blood or platelets if you can. The Community Blood Bank of Paramus will be receiving the blood that is collected.
The Department of Public Works has begun to collect brush and branches that is stacked neatly at the curb. No appointment is necessary. Collections will be done every day this week. All branches with a diameter of less than 4 inches will be collected.
Debris from flooded basements will be collected on your regular garbage day. Please place this neatly at the curb for collection.
I thank you for your patience which Englewood recovers from Hurricane Irene and will update you as I receive updates on the clean-up.
I also invite you to enjoy downtown Englewood this Thursday. There will be a free concert by conga player Ray Mantilla and his quartet. He will play at Noches de Columbia, 90 W. Palisade Ave., from 6 to 8 pm. This is part of the free Thursday evening concert series which runs through September 29. The performance will be outside on W. Palisade Ave. and you can bring a chair to enjoy some wonderful Latin jazz and salsa.
Mayor Frank Huttle III