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Mountainside Reverses Course On Storm Debris Removal

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Storm Debris (file / credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Storm Debris (file / credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ (WCBS 880) - Imagine the surprise in Mountainside when storm debris in the street was dumped on people’s lawns, with residents themselves responsible for removal.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

“Everytime I come around the corner, I’m hoping to see that it’s gone,” said one woman.

“[I'm] a little annoyed because they wanted us to pay and have it taken away,” said one man.

“We pay taxes here in Mountainside and actually get very little back,” said another woman.

Now, following a Star-Ledger report, the borough has had a change of heart.

They will now haul off the debris from residents’ lawns after all, even though they don’t yet know how to pay for it.

It’s a small example of the financial strain from the storm cleanup.

As municipalities calculate their costs, FEMA officials will tour the state and make their assessments.

Has your town said it won’t haul away your storm debris? Please tell us in the comments section below.

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