Tropical Storm Ida News Hub

Essex County has officially been added to the FEMA disaster declaration list!

Residents and business owners who were impacted by Tropical Storm Ida may now apply for disaster assistance at Claims should be filed as soon as possible. 

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center at our Kmart vaccination center to help residents and business owners affected by Hurricane Ida. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7p.m and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., located at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange. See links in the lefthand column for information relief and resources, ride share programs, etc. 

Business Owners - Download the SBA Disaster Loan Fact Sheet

Power Outages

Please report any power outages to PSEG at: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).  You can view the PSEG outage map:

Local Updates

Public Works: The South Orange Public Works yard remains closed due to storm damage. The Village anticipates the yard to reopen to the pubic in mid to late October.

Recycling: South Orange residents may bring their recyclables to the Maplewood Recycling Center located at 359 Boyden Avenue Monday through Friday from 8am-3pm and Saturdays from 8am-Noon. A list of acceptable recyclables at the Maplewood Recycling center can be found here:

A few important notes to South Orange residents when using the Maplewood Recycling Center:

  • Yard debris and bulk household items are not accepted in Maplewood at this time. South Orange residents may leave Lawn & Leaf bags, bundled twigs/sticks and branches up to 4" in diameter can be left at their curb, DPW is continuously picking up. Please be patient. It may take days or weeks before they reach your area. 
  • Storm-related construction debris is not accepted in Maplewood.  
  • As always, South Orange residents may drop electronics at the Maplewood Center. 
  • Please have a photo ID handy should you need it. 

Questions should be directed to the South Orange Department of Public Works at (973) 378-7741 ext. 1

Residents may also make use of the curbside recycling program for collection of recyclable materials. Please view the guidelines listed for a list of acceptable materials here:

Yard Debris - Yard debris, including Lawn & Leaf bags can be left at the curb. A continuous pick up is ongoing. Please be patient, if DPW has already passed down your street they will be back. 

Note: Branches must be under 4 inches in diameter and no roots or stumps. In addition, tie any branches 2 inches or under into bundles using cord or twine. 

Permits and Application Fees - The South Orange Board of Trustees has waived all fees for permits related to storm damage/disaster recovery. Fill out the Disaster Relief Application Fee Waiver Form . Questions on permits for dumpsters, construction, furnace replacement, etc should be directed to the Building Department at 973.378.7715 ext 7700.

Stay Connected

Sign Up for Local Alerts – It’s important to stay informed during an emergency.  All residents are encouraged to sign up for the Village’s SO Alert emergency notification system.

Non-emergency information and requests for service can be submitted via Report a Concern at here or by downloading the GovAlert app on your mobile phone. Understand non-high priority requests may not be responded to immediately.