As Storm Approaches, Westfield Urges Residents to Keep Leaves from Streets
Friday, October 26, 2012 • 7:11pm
WESTFIELD, NJ--In order to optimize the stormwater collection system and minimize obstructions to the drainage course, the town of Westfield is asking that residents not place leaves curbside over the weekend. This is a departure from previous instructions for the leaf collections that were scheduled to begin Monday, October 29--the day that Hurricane Sandy could possibly hit the area.
According to the town, if you have already placed leaves curbside, the pile shold be moved to at least 12 inches from the curb to allow stormwaters to flow to the inlets, which will help minimize local street flooding. (At any time, leaves cannot be placed closer than 10 feet from any stormwater inlet.)
"I want to assure residents that the town has all its resources mobilized to address any storm-related issues that may arise," said Mayor Andy Skibitsky via the town's website, www.westfieldnj.gov. "Our department of public works is currently inspecting as many of the over 2,700 storm water catch basins as possible to facilitate maximum flow capacity. I have been assured that PSE&G has all its personnel ready to respond should the storm result in any power outages."