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Storm Cleanup Information from the Village

As village crews continue to remove limbs, brush, and debris from the historic October snow storm, we want residents to know how the work is progressing and what they can do to help.

As village crews continue to remove limbs, brush, and debris from the historic October snow storm - which generated approximately 50% more debris than Hurricane Irene - we want residents to know how the work is progressing and what they can do to help.

What the Village is doing:

  • As of November 7, the Village has ten trucks dedicated to hauling brush and waste from the storm, including those operated by private contractors
  • DPW is operating on a 14x7 schedule until recovery work is complete
  • DPW has dedicated a crew to specifically examine public property for dangerous or hanging branches and remove them immediately
  • The Village is in contact with the County to clear debris and branches from County roads.


What you need to know:

  • Brush and debris clearing is expected to be completed by this weekend, at which point leaf collection, which is being delayed currently, will be resumed.
  • Green toter recycling is suspended this month, though residents can still bring recyclables to DPW during normal recycling hours (excluding election day, which is a holiday)
  • The Village is asking residents to inspect branches and trees on their own property, and make private arrangements to remove anything potentially hazardous - this will significantly mitigate potential for damage or power outage next storm.
  • The Village is asking for residents’ full cooperation to only bring small branches (approx. less than 4 inches thick) to the curb and, as always, making private arrangements for anything larger. Do not leave debris in the street where it can be block traffic or emergency vehicles.
  • If there is a tree or branch on your property hanging on a wire, report it to PSE&G immediately at 1-800-436-7734


If you see a hanging branch or tree on public property please report it to DPW immediately at (973) 378-7741.

Visit southorange.org for the latest updates and don’t hesitate to contact us at (973) 378-7715, extension 7719 if you have any questions.

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