Town crew at work on Pleasant Street in Yarmouth Sunday, the day after the storm.
ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
By Eric Bourque
With the cleanup underway in the Town of Yarmouth following Saturday’s big storm, Mayor Pam Mood says residents who want branches and the like picked up need to have them at curbside by next Monday (July 14).
Contacted Monday morning – 48 hours or so after Arthur’s winds were at their strongest in the Yarmouth area – the mayor gave an update on the cleanup operation and plans.
“The priority, of course, was to make the town safe and to clear the roads and things like that,” she said. “Public works will be around with the chipper … It’s important that we let the public know that this will take some time so we have to have some patience.”
Referring to the cleanup crews, she said, “They’ve gotten most of the public spaces cleared up to a degree of safety that they feel that they can begin to do some work with the wood chipper, so people can start to get their stuff out.”
The July 14 deadline gives residents the rest of this week and this coming weekend to gather all the storm-related material they want picked up and get it out to the curb, she said.
“They’re going to do that sweep and they’re going to do as much as they can,” she said, “but they’re not going to backtrack, you know, to see if people put it out two weeks later, so it’s important that we get it out – do our best – by next Monday.”
While the town is providing this service – one it views as necessary, given the severity of the storm and the big mess it left behind, she said – the mayor says residents who want to bring their material to the town’s solid waste park themselves will not be charged if what they’re bringing (branches etc.) is storm-related.
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“We encourage people to do what they can,” she said.
On another storm-related matter, she said the Mariners Centre has been open and still is for people who perhaps don’t have power and would like a shower.
Noting that emergency measures organizations, governments and others have long been encouraging people to prepare for storms by having enough supplies to get them through at least 72 hours, she said the one good thing about this storm is that it happened during the summer.
Writing on Facebook the day of the storm, the mayor said she was impressed with how people were offering to help others, a point she touched on again Monday, two days after Arthur.
“A lot of the businesses stepped up,” she said. “The entire community was looking after each other and phone calls were made to seniors (to ask): ‘do you need anything, can we help?’ So we really did look after each other.”
You can view of slideshow of some of the Arthur damage in Yarmouth town and county here.