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Public Works Crews Continue Cleanup Following Storm


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Cleanup efforts continued this week to remove tree limbs from roadways and gutters following last Friday’s severe thunderstorm.

Town Engineer and Director of Public Works Kenneth B. Marsh said yesterday that crews were out Saturday clearing roadways, with the town receiving more than 231 storm-related calls.

He said work on removing branches and tree limbs from gutters and curbs has been completed. Mr. Marsh said the town’s sweeper trucks went out yesterday to mop up loose twigs, leaves, etc. from the streets.

Mr. Marsh noted that the town is only responsible for removing tree limbs which fell in the town’s right-of-ways, namely streets, gutters and curbs. Limbs which fell on private property can be taken to the town’s Conservation Center on Lamberts Mill Road.

The Westfield Fire Department reported that it responded to 80 storm-related calls on Friday.

A number of trees were downed throughout the town. The fire department assisted in removing a tree limb from two cars parked at Friendly’s restaurant in Mountainside.

Power outages were reported throughout the town. Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) were out during the weekend restoring power to homes and businesses. Traffic lights were out on Springfield Avenue and on Boulevard in Kenilworth.

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