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Smithtown Notebook: Cleanup From Irene Could Take a Month to Complete

Town of Smithtown Superintendent of Highways Glenn Jorgensen said the cleanup process is going better than he expected.

Post Irene Cleanup Underway, Could Take a Month

The cleanup process following Tropical Storm Irene throughout the town could take a month to complete.

While the process could take a month, Town of Smithtown Superintendent of Highways Glenn Jorgensen said the town is making great progress.

“It’s going very well, better than I expected right now. We’re working six in the morning until seven at night and we did this all week during the storm, clearing the roads,” he said.

Jorgensen said that while there have been some minor equipment problems due to wear-and-tear from the cleanup process, the only hiccup in the cleanup process is having to wait for LIPA to clear downed power lines.

“We’re not allowed to work near live wires, we’ve got to wait for LIPA to come out to make sure the lines aren’t energized before I can send my guys in there to get the brush and cut up the trees,” he said.

Jorgensen added LIPA’s initial efforts to make sure power lines were not active were slow, but has picked up throughout the week.

Work crews have been broken up into the same areas used for snow removal throughout the winter and equipment from load-alls – or brush grabbers – to bobcats and a rotation of trucks are being used to clean roadways. 

Jorgensen said the town currently does not have an estimate on how much debris has been collected in the cleanup process so far but workers are weighing the debris as loads come in and he should have an estimate on the tonnage collected by next week.

Upcoming Town Meetings

There are two meetings to start September – a town board meeting on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in town hall, and a planning board meeting Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Eugene A. Cannataro Senior Citizen Center.

larry September 05, 2011 at 03:13 PM
will the highway department pick up the piles of small branches,twiggs,leaves that are at all curb sides or as homeowners do we have to bag them 1st
Annie D. September 06, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Geez, even the little stuff you have to ask about! Bag your little leaves and twigs and help out! (Don't you clean around your street in front of your property in the fall when the leaves all blow all over the place! Let's hope you do!)
robert jennings September 21, 2011 at 01:50 PM
The leadership here is old and lacking. Can't wait for election day and vote for new blood. These councilman don't plan - they react to problems Did you enjoy no electric for 10 days? How much food spoilage did you lose? This moe, larry & cury town council needs to end

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