WADDINGTON Massena Public Works crews have extended a helping hand to clean up debris after Mondays severe thunderstorm uprooted and downed trees all over Waddington.
Crews from National Grid, Waddington Volunteer Fire Department personnel and village public works crews have already cleared most of the damage in the villages roadways, but there is still more work to be done.
After seeing photos of the destruction in the newspaper, Massena Mayor James F. Hidy called Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad to see how their village could help.
Waddington was definitely hit the hardest, Mr. Hidy said. And because they had a storm of this magnitude and are getting ready for their upcoming bass tournament, we extended an offer to help them clean up the debris that Mother Nature left behind.
The village of Waddington is asking residents to place on the curb tree limbs and brush outside their homes.
Over the next two weeks, Waddington Public Works crews will be moving through the village cleaning up the gathered debris. Massena will lend the use of its wood chipper and personnel to help with removal.
When asked whether helping Waddington would disrupt Massenas work schedule, Mr. Fayad said that wouldnt be an issue.
We can forgo some of the work were doing to assist another community, Mr. Fayad said. Its one of the things we like doing: helping other communities when theyre in need.
Massenas offer to help could not have come at a better time. In less than six weeks, Waddington will be hosting the Bassmaster Elite Tournament.
Its the biggest event in the north countrys history, Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada said. Massenas offer to help certainly takes a lot of pressure off of us.
Village work crews are cramming in last-minute road repair, tunneling for water pipes and electrical wires for the tournaments main stage and tidying Whittaker Park, where the event will be held.
The event is expected to draw close to 10,000 people to the area.
Also, we have had five new homes in the village, which will all need sewer and water lines installed, Mrs. Otto-Cassada said.
Mrs. Otto Cassada said she cant say enough about Massenas show of kindness.
We hope that we never have to reciprocate, but we will definitely return the favor if given the opportunity in the future.