“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
San Diego has been shipping overseas might now end up in local landfills. Becky Porter of Bay Park had another trash can destroyed in late May. "The worker grabbed the can securely with those powerful truck mounted arms. A second later, he grabbed it again with the arms tighter." That second time, she saw her trash can cave. While it's not the first time she's seen her trash can destroyed, it's the first time she has witnessed it as it happened. This time around, Porter is opting to repair her trash can versus buying a new one from the city. The city charges $70 (pro-rated if within warranty), plus $25 for delivery. Manual trash service for 45 days is available if there are delays in delivering a new can. Porter didn't report the incident for fear of retaliation. She said since someone else filed a similar complaint, they've had their trash either not picked up or strewn everywhere. On June 13, I just missed seeing Porter's trash collected as they came earlier than expected. On my travels s... (ould San Diego's trash collecting stay free?)
The clutter encountered by Scene Care, a company whose services include cleaning up hoarding situations, made this kitchen dangerous to navigate. (Courtesy) Dangerous pilesAs New Hampshire's baby-boom population ages, incidents of hoarding and perilous levels of clutter are rising, drawing the attention of public safety and health officials and people who work with elders, as well as communities trying to identify problems and coordinate help before situations turn tragic. Hoarding complaints "are becoming more common. And it's not just seniors," says Manchester Fire Marshal Peter Lennon. "We get one every couple of weeks that draws the attention of the Fire Prevention Bureau. It definitely hinders us if we have to go in there. We've had a couple of fatalities in the city where hoarding was a factor." Lora Gerard is program director for the Northern New England Geriatric Education Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. "We don't really understand how widespread it is. We don't know about it until it becomes a crisis," Gerard says.Last July, a 60-year-old man died because firefighters were unable to reach him through burning clutter and trash and no clear pathway in or out of his Hazelton Court home in Manchester. In February 2014, a 72-year-old woman perished when firefighters couldn't extract her from her house on Bannon Street, where doors and windows were blocked by debris and household objects. "There's usually only one way in and out," Lennon says, "and it's a very narrow pathway." Hoarding disorder is linked to anxiety and trauma, including conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and is slightly more common among women, research states. Dementia can bring on the illness in someone who never experienced it at a younger age, and can turn cluttering into hoarding, mental health experts say."Some people have collections, and that's perfectly normal behavior. Or if you have clutter that's not affecting you or anyone around you, it's no big deal," Gerard says. "But when it starts to interfere with life in a significant way, and you can't use rooms as intended, there's only one seating area in your whole home, and you can't sleep in your bed or you've become socially isolated because you're afraid to have people over," hoarding has become a serious problem.Hoarding increases the risk of falling, strains relationships with family and friends, and leads to isolation - resulting in more anxiety and depression, she adds. a href="http://www.newhampshire.com/storyimage/UL/20180715/NEWS2001/180719644/H3/0/H3-180719644.jpg?q=60" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" title="A Scene Care crew member dressed... (lver Linings: Dwellings strewn with garbage and waste overshadow the mental health crisis)
By the grace of God, working through first responders yesterday, we saved lives," Curry said. Curry urged people trapped in flooded homes Monday to use makeshift white flags if they needed to be rescued. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue personnel and those from agencies around the country were using boats to go door-to-door through flooded streets in Riverside. 'Epic' river floodingNational Weather Service meteorologist Angie Enyedi said the city was experiencing a Category 3 surge from a tropical storm, calling it a "trifecta effect," with a storm surge, 10-15 inches of rain, and high tide approaching at 2 p.m. Monday. div class="modal fade mod-modal mod-modal-gallery in" i...
Jack O’Toole. In addition to emergency responders, more than 200 city employees — mostly public service and parks department workers — will head out to address problems caused by the bad weather.The city has rented 12 mobile pumps that can be transported on trailers and taken directly to flooded areas to speed up the drainage process, O’Toole said.Mayor John Tecklenburg said the goal for Tuesday is to get the roadways open."That means clearing trees where they're down, assisting the power company to get power back on and making sure everyone is safe," he said.In Charleston County, about one-fourth of SCE&G’s 190,000 customers lost power on Monday. About 5,000 Berkeley County customers, or 21 percent, lost power. And 14,500 Dorchester County customers, or 25 percent, lost power.A total of 273,000 SCE&G customers in 24 counties served by the utility lost power because of the storm. Utility trucks will make the rounds to repair damaged power lines throughout the day Tuesday and well into the week.Customers of electric cooperatives who lost power also will see action on Tuesday.More than 300 line workers from Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia and possibly North Carolina will bring equipment and muscle to assist local workers in the effort to restore power. Construction crews will replace poles and lines. Other crews will attend to fallen lines, debris from trees and individual homes whose electric lines need repair.“We’ll do an assessment on damage in South Carolina on Tuesday morning,” said Todd Carter, whose department coordinates assistance for the state’s electric cooperatives.The "First Push Agreement" approved on Sept. 8 by Dorchester County Council and the S.C. Department of Transportation obligates DOT, with help from the county, to begin removing debris from major roadways within five hours of the end of storm conditions, according to county spokeswoman Tiffany Norton.Utility crews will address problems caused by trees in power lines.Though public schools and some businesses will remain closed on Tuesday, many retailers, restaurants and offices will be assessing the storm’s impacts, repairing damage and reopening. Expect more traffic than usual as evacuees stream back into the Lowcountry and beyond. +5 span cl... (Charleston Post Courier)
DeKalb County tree down on power lines WSB-TVSome residents said they have been without power for 24 hours."We have a generator, have several 20 by 20-foot tarps, canned food ready to be eaten without power for a week,” said resident Mark Benoit.Loeffler said she doesn’t expect the power to be back on fully in DeKalb County for four or five days.TRENDING STORIES:In Cherokee County, crews have been out since Monday night to clear their roads of storm debris and fix utility lines downed by trees.Channel 2’s Tom Regan traveled to Ash Road where crews had just finished cutting through a tree that was blocking the road.The EMA director for the county told Regan that there were about 10 locations where trees blocked roads.It’s a frustrating situation for a lot of drivers in the area."A lot of branches down, things of that nature, creating hazardous situations for driving of course trying to get from one site to another has been quite of a challenge," said driver Michael Marjenoff.Falling trees knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers in Cherokee County. Some were without power for many hours. "We have seen Georgia Power trucks go by all night, but we haven't had any power since about 7:00. My phone has been about 25 percent and I haven't been able to charge it since them," resident Logan Bobo said. Utility crews are asking those affected by power outages to be patient. Despited all of the fallen trees, emergency management officials said they haven't had any reports of injuries.© 2017 Cox Media Group. (WSB Atlanta)