Chatham Township will begin curbside pick-up of debris from Hurricane Isaias during the week of August 10th.  This gives residents the weekend to collect broken limbs.

In addition, the Tanglewood Compost Area will be open on Friday, Aug. 7th, from 7 30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. for the convenience of Township residents who wish to dispose of their own debris. The hours this Friday are in addition to the Compost Area’s normal hours on Saturdays and Tuesdays from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Richard Young, Director of the Department of Public Works, said curbside pick-up will begin on the west side of the Township and move east. “This will give residents in the hardest hit eastern sections of the Township more time to get their debris to the curb.”

The DPW will pick-up only tree and shrubbery debris caused by  Hurricane Storm Isaias.  Debris can be no bigger than four feet long and six inches in diameter.  Piles should be at the curb but off of the road. The DPW asks neighbors, where possible, to consolidate piles since a single large pile is easier to pick up than multiple small piles.

Curbside pick-up will be limited to a single pass of each neighborhood, after which residents can bring any remaining debris to the Compost Area.

 Police Chief Thomas Miller warned that any tree down in any right-of-way as of Wednesday, August 5th is probably entangled with downed electrical wires.  The public should treat those wires as live.  Police have repeatedly warned joggers, bike riders and children to keep away from any wires.  Trees on a road should always be treated as potentially electrified until removed by a JCP&L crew.

As of 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 5th, JCP&L was reporting 1,468 homes and business — approximately one-third of all JCP&L customers in Chatham Township — as still without power due to the damage caused by Hurricane Isaias which struck on Tuesday, August 4th.

Immediately after the storm, JCP&L reported more than 3,500 customers in Chatham Township were without power.

The utility has given no estimates when power would be restored.  They have indicated it would be a multi-day effort to restore all power.  JCP&L has focused its attention on high priority outages and on storm damage at multiple substations.

For further information on the restoration of power, contact JCP&L at www.FirstEnergyCorp.com.