For many residents, the week after Hurricane Irene included cutting down broken trees and repairing yards while day after day a few more neighborhoods received power and were able to restock their refrigerators. As of press time Monday, most of the community had their lights back with fewer than a 100 still remaining without power.
Chesterfield County worked around-the-clock with Dominion Virginia Power, various state and federal agencies and volunteer organizations to assist county residents during the aftermath of Irene.
Even though a FEMA declaration has not been received for Chesterfield, the county is actively pursuing relief efforts and tracking storm-related needs and costs.
The information continues to be submitted to state and federal agencies in order to pursue all storm-related designations and support that may be available.
Along with continual updates being posted on the county’s website, chesterfield.gov, the county’s Emergency Operations Center remains open during regular business hours.
The county has waived residential disposal fees for storm debris removal. They have also extended the hours of operation and opened additional sites until Sept. 11. Only storm-generated debris and waste is accepted from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. No tree stumps or root balls can be accepted. Sites for our readership area include the Southern convenience Center located at 6700 Landfill Dr. (off Iron Bridge Road) and R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks located at 201 Enon Church Rd.
Going forward, the county’s strategy is to continue connecting citizens in need to available services and organizations that can help them. The county reminds us that hurricane season is not over and Hurricane Irene has provided a solid reminder about the importance of everyone being prepared for disasters. Folks should think about the things they needed during the week after the storm and didn’t have, and to plan for those things for the next time.
To help citizens plan, the county provides preparedness information on chesterfield.gov.