Now that President Obama has declared a state of emergency for Morris and four other New Jersey counties, Parsippany residents feeling the impact of recent flooding soon will have more avenues to follow for assistance.
Residents may now apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency can be reached online or at 800-621-3362. FEMA is expected to set up a center in the area soon. When that information is announced, Patch will put it on the site. For now, direct inquiries to the Flood Damage Assistance Center at the Lake Hiawatha District 4 headquarters on North Beverwyck Road.
Also, the Parsippany Police Department reports cleanup kits are now available at the Lake Hiawatha Fire Department Flood Assessment Center. Gloves, masks and hand wipes are available at the Knoll Community Center.
In the meantime, police compiled a list of municipal entities that exist to help.
- Department of Public Works will provide curbside pickup of furniture and other items damaged during Hurricane Irene. Crews will be available to assist residents to bring large items from the front of their homes to the curb. Township employees will not be permitted to enter private homes. Curbside pickup will begin in the flooded areas of Lake Hiawatha as residents are allowed back in their homes and begin cleanup. Lake Hiawatha residents may also bring items to the Lake Hiawatha Swim Club. Residents in other parts of town who have storm-damaged items to be picked up should call Director Greg Schneider at 973-263-7273 for assistance.
- Department of Human Services' Health Department offers residents information on health-related issues. The agency provides gloves, antiseptic hand wipes and masks to utilize in cleaning damaged property. Water and snacks are also available. The department can be found in the Parsippany Community Center at 1130 Knoll Road in Lake Hiawatha.
- Department of Building and Construction is available to address concerns regarding electrical systems, plumbing systems and building foundations. Officials will be assigned to the damaged areas starting Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call Construction Official Edward J. Corcoran, P.E. at 973-263-4366 today to have an official come take a look at your home.
- Water Utility is available to answer questions residents have regarding water quality and service. You can reach Director Kevin Ryan at 973-263-7099
- Animal Control is available for questions regarding pets and local wildlife. Call Supervisor Chris Dikovics at 973-263-7083. The office and shelter are at 1069 Parsippany Blvd.
- Parks and Forestry is the department to call if you have questions regarding downed trees, damaged trees or local parks should be directed to Director James Walsh at 973-263-7254. Parks and Forestry is located on the site of Knoll Country Club.
- Sewer Department handles questions regarding sewer service and sewage treatment. Direct inquiries to Utility Superintendent Phil Bober at 973- 428-7593. The office is at the intersection of Edward and New roads.
- Housing Department Coordinator Rena Plaxe deals with questions regarding pumping oil out of basements, air quality, soil quality and obtaining short-term leases in local apartments. The department is housed within the Community Center on Knoll Road.
- Police Department is on call for questions and concerns regarding security in damaged areas and emergency services. New Chief of Police Anthony DeZenzo is the man with whom the buck stops. For questions, contact the Emergency Services Dispatch Center at 973-263-4300. If your situation involves a genuine emergency, call 9-1-1.
More services will be announced as they become available.