HAVERHILL — They arrived in cars loaded with bags of sticks and brush, and in pickup trucks with beds piled high with tree branches.
The city’s Highway Department yard on Primrose Street was a popular place yesterday for residents who were dropping off tree debris from their yards in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. City officials said they expect the scene to be the same through the rest of the week.
Mayor James Fiorentini on Tuesday said he wanted residents to help clean up after the storm and, as an incentive, he offered residents the opportunity to dispose of their branches and brush without having to buy a permit. The yard is open today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“I really don’t mind paying a fee, but this is nice,” Chip DeSimone of Bradford said about the free dumping.
DeSimone filled his pickup truck with broken branches that littered his yard in the Wood School area, and was happy to have a place to dispose of it all.
“What are people supposed to do if they don’t have a place to dump it?” he said.
DeSimone, who taught diesel repair at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and is now retired, said his neighborhood fared pretty well during Monday’s storm.
“Other than a big tree that fell in the field behind the school, it wasn’t bad,” he said. “We didn’t lose power, so I guess we were lucky.”
Some residents weren’t so lucky, even after the storm. Residents of the Lakeview Avenue area near Whittier Middle School went without power yesterday due to a malfunctioning electrical transformer in their neighborhood.
Part of a large tree in Brian Woelfel’s front yard at 133 North Ave. crashed onto power lines and snapped a utility pole Monday about 4:15 p.m. When the pole fell, its electrical transformer landed in the street and exploded, Woelfel said.