MOUNTIANSIDE - Tree branches are still scattered in Mountainside nearly a week after the snowy October nor'easter. Unlike after Hurricane Irene, the town hasn't had access to FEMA funds. Some homeowners have footed the bill for tree removal, and now the town is offering to pick up the tab.
Some residents are upset that they had to handle tree removal themselves, but town administrator James Debbie says the tree damage from this storm is much worse than Irene and public works crews can't handle it all.
The town is now turning to emergency appropriations, which means residents won't have to pay for private removal. The town says it could be months before all of the debris is removed. Residents are urged to keep tree branches piled on the edge of their properties and not in the street.