HAWTHORNE, NJ - The aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias is still very much evident as one ventures around Hawthorne, a town that was named Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2018. While there are endless benefits to having the picturesque Goffle Brook Park in town, Tuesday's storm reminded us all of the dangers that could accompany the park's older, taller trees.
The effects of the high winds brought on by Tropical Storm Isaias did not stay within the parks borders, as residents throughout the town have experienced damage to their properties as well as a loss of electricity during the summer heat. Most live wires were removed promptly after the storm died down, but tree limbs and trunks created safety hazards in the days following the storm.
Early Thursday, members of the Passaic County Parks Department were out in full force, as welcomed sounds of chainsaws, wood chippers, leaf blowers and tractors filled the cool morning air. Large tree trunks, limbs and brush were carefully removed by a team of dedicated workers, lead by department supervisor Richard Passafiume.
With the number of park goers out on their daily strolls, residents were fortunate to have Officer DeLallo on patrol from the Passaic County Sheriff's Department. Officer DeLallo provided traffic control and monitored citizens' safety as these massive trees were taken out of harm's way.
One local Hawthorne resident brought bottles of cold water and bags of ice from his home to a group of workers cleaning up brush under the strong afternoon sun. Suffice to say, the residents of the Hawthorne were very appreciative of the long hours these men have already put in to make their town safe again.
Post-storm tree removal within Hawthorne is said to continue through the weekend. It is clear that the Passaic County Parks Department will continue their work for several more days as they visit other affected parks such as Woodland Park's Garret Mountain Reservation and Clifton's Weasel Brook Park.
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