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    MAYOR DESTEFANO ORDERS TREE CREWS TO WORK THROUGH THE NIGHT AS MAJOR CLEANUP EFFORT BEGINS

    (8/29/2011) MAYOR DESTEFANO ORDERS TREE CREWS TO WORK THROUGH THE NIGHT AS MAJOR CLEANUP EFFORT BEGINS

    MULTI-DEPARTMENTAL EFFORT AIMED AT CLEARING ROADWAYS OF TREES AND DEBRIS

    (New Haven, August 28, 2011) - Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. has ordered city pubic works and tree crews to work through the night removing downed trees as New Haven launches a major cleanup effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

    The City estimates that more than 1,250 trees were downed as a result of the storm. As of 5:45pm roughly 30 streets were blocked by downed trees. Crews have begun working downed trees on major artierial roads and are working their way into the neighborhoods.

    Residents should remove and the downed tree limbs and branches from their yards and place ONLY tree limbs and branches at the curb for pickup to be determined later in the week.

    “While only modest property damaged occurred across the city, a significant number of trees are down obstructing roadways and taking down power lines, said Mayor DeStefano. “Live wires may be down in the roadway and residents should not approach any downed power lines.”

    As of 6:30 pm, roughly 17,000 households (33% of the city) were without power. The City is coordinating with the United Illuminating Company and will continue to do so until power is restored to all sections of the City.

    The City has consolidated its storm emergency evacuation centers. The King-Robinson School evacuation center has been deactivated. Residents seeking shelted have been moved to the Benjamin Jepson School emergency evacuation center. There are 39 residents remaining in the center down from the 125 residents in the shelters at the hight of the storm.

    Additional police are on duty and patrolling city streets. The Department of Traffic and Parking has placed stops signs at intersections where streets lights are out.

    The Mayor continued, “The cleanup effort will exstensive and require the coroporation and cordination of City residents. Residents should exercise common sense when leaving their homes and should contact the City’s emergency operations center at 203-946-8221 with any questions.”

    The Board of Education has closed all schools tomorrow, Monday August 29th for any students and teachers previously scheduled to report to school.

    The City is working with the various Friends of the Parks groups to recruit volunteers to remove debris from city parks. Anyone wishing to volunteer to remove downed limbs and branches from City parks should call the Mayor’s Office, (203) 946-8200.

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    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 2039468221


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