Federal officials are expected to visit Brockton on Friday to assess damage from last weekend’s torrential rains and winds.
Federal officials were to visit Brockton on Friday to assess damage from last weekend’s torrential rain and wind.
And as the city slowly recovers from the floods, residents cleaning up after the weekend storm now have a place to dispose of storm debris and damaged household items.
Containers are available at the Recycling Depot at 301 Oak Hill Way for residents wanting to drop off storm-related trash. Residents must provide photo identification for proof of residency.
“As long as they have proof of residency, residents can dump stuff free of charge, as long as it was ruined in flooding,” said Michael Thoreson, Brockton’s Department of Public Works commissioner.
Also, the city has waived the $60 permit fee for electricians working on flooded homes where power was shut off during the storm, the mayor said.
“When we know the electrician is going to a home whose power has been shut off ... we are waiving the fee,” Mayor Linda Balzotti said.
The mayor said she and other city officials plan to meet to analyze the city’s response to the recent flooding.
“We do plan to find out where our weaknesses are, make changes,” Balzotti said.
Meanwhile, a team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was expected to arrive in Brockton from Pittsfield about 10 a.m. Friday.
The federal officials were to meet with city leaders in the mayor’s office at City Hall, then tour areas that were heavily flooded in the city, Balzotti said.
The mayor said she hopes the visit will result in federal disaster assistance to help residents recover their losses from damages resulting from the storm.
“What I hope is that FEMA officials will recognize the severity of damage that has occurred in the city and that they will recommend funding assistance,” Balzotti said.
After the City Hall meeting, officials will take the federal team on a tour of Brockton neighborhoods that sustained severe flooding, Balzotti said.
Officials plan to visit Belmont and Perkins avenues, Silver Road and Teele Sreet, as time allows, the mayor said.
“We’re trying to take them to the most heavily impacted areas first,” Balzotti said.
Federal disaster officials are touring parts of the state to assess damage.
Gov. Deval Patrick said the visit by representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration is part of the state’s effort to make its case for federal disaster assistance.
On the debris removal plan, residents are not required to cut up carpets and rugs brought to the Recycling Depot.
The city is also allowing residents to put out extra, storm-related trash during weekly trash collection.
Storm-related trash will be picked up the weeks of March 29 and April 5, on residents’ scheduled trash collection day.
Only residents who pay for city trash collection are eligible to make an appointment for extra trash to be collected.
Residents must call Allied Waste at 1-800-425-0095 or the Brockton Recycling Depot at 508-580-7827 through March 26 to make an appointment and list the items to be collected.
For curbside collection, rugs must be cut and tied in 4-foot bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds. Sleep sofas need to be disassembled for collection. All other trash collection regulations apply.
For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 508-580-7135 or the Recycling Depot at 508-580-7827.
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