While NYC Parks Department has a full complement of forestry crews in the field with support from city agencies including the Fire Department, the Police Department, the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Transportation. They are all making significant progress in clearing secondary roadways but there is still much to be done. The damage and debris left in the wake of the storm will take a lot of time and effort to clean up.
I am reaching out to you to volunteer at our public sites and cemeteries to assist. Please call my office at 718-366-3900 or sign up on-line at ECrowley@council.nyc.gov. Homeowners should detail all damage to their property by calling 311. Specify the Sept 16 tornado when placing a complaint.
The following is an update on our neighborhoods:
Downed Trees 6,107 calls have been received via the 311 system and processed to date: There has been a loss of about 1,500 trees. Approximately 1,100 trees have been inspected. Cranes will be in the District Monday to assist in removing very large trees and a second chipping company arrived on Monday at the Cunningham Park site.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: 4 Rapid Response Vehicle teams & 1 SOC Team 1. FIRE: has completed work in two assigned sectors on Sunday evening
POLICE: 4 Emergency Service Unit teams and 1 bucket truck 3. Finishing work in one assigned sectors and assigned two additional sectors
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION: 94 personnel in the field on Monday Dept. of Transportation: 1 team in field supporting tree removal Sanitation / Debris collection: The Department of Sanitation has assigned additional crews working 24/7 through the weekend picking up storm debris Sanitation & Parks communicating and coordinating pickup at the Borough Chief level Staffing of 94 people on Monday, 9/20/2010 with:
1. 21 Front-End Loaders
2. 41 Cut-Downs Final debris dump sites: The following are designated as collection sites for trees, foliage, and tree limbs:
- Forest Park band shell area lot (drop-off only)
- Cunningham Park (also a chipping location)
- Waste Management Brooklyn Site - 75 Thomas St, Brooklyn (also a chipping location)
- Flushing Meadow Park Lots 4, 4A (drop-off only)
POWER OUTAGES: Customer outages as of Monday 12:00 Noon: Maspeth: 4, Richmond Hill: 3 Con Edison has teams on stand-by to respond to urgent requests for trees on wires. Contact information for these teams has been distributed to FDNY, NYPD, Parks, Sanitation, and DOT Con Edison distributed dry ice from 0800 hours to 1800 hours at Crocheron Park at 215th Place and 33rd Road in Bayside. For more specific information please visit https://apps.coned.com/WebOutageInfo/Outage_Info/OutageInfoMap.aspx?OM_M
Con Edison investigated 144 reports of trees on wires provided by OEM. 111 of the jobs did not require action from Con Edison-reports were either unfounded or the wires belong to another utility.
OTHER UTILITIES Time Warner Cable (TWC): 1. TWC has crews operating in the field today repairing storm damage and restoring service. TWC will provide the number of crews following an internal call at 1000 hours. For More Information Please visit: http://www.timewarnercable.com/nynj/support/serviceinterruption/
VERIZON: Verizon has extra crews working today on any reports they receive from customers. For Customer Service please visit: http://www22.verizon.com/customersupport/contactus
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: All schools in D30 have had power restored and are open.
DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS:
Glendale: 1 building collapse
Middle Village sustained several serious structural damages.
New Yorkers should call 311 with any concerns about the structural stability of a building or to report any property damage due. If a building or property is suspected to be structurally compromised, residents should call 911 immediately. To Contact DOB with complaints or to obtain more specific information please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/contact/contact.shtml
PUBLIC/PRIVATE: The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is in consultation with all City Agencies to have the fullest assessment of damage to present to a case to FEMA. While we wait for a decision please call the following number at the New York State Insurance Department which has activated the insurance hotline to assist policy holders and carriers with questions and concerns for information related to any property damage. NYS Insurance Department: The Disaster Hotline, 1-800-339-1759, will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday The Office of Emergency Management is gathering data to present to the Federal Emergency Management Agency so that local residents and business owners will be considered for disaster relief. As soon as a decision is reached I am ready to assist by providing you with the necessary information.
VOLUNTEER FOR YOUR COMMUNITY! Thank you for your strong community spirit and outpouring of support in the wake of this devastating natural event. Contact my office for additional information and volunteer opportunities
Elizabeth S. Crowley
New York City Council Member, 30th District
64-77 Dry Harbor Road
718 366 3900