POINT PLEASANT — Flickers of hope and light (literally) were beginning to show up in Point Pleasant Monday as pockets of electricity were being restored after Friday’s storm.
Lights began to come on in the Meadowbrook Addition, Park Drive and on Lincoln Avenue as well as some other sporadic areas mostly located near or above 22nd Street area. As of Monday evening, downtown Point Pleasant, including the Point Pleasant Municipal Building, remained in the dark, and in the heat.
City Clerk Amber Tatterson said though city workers did not report for work on Monday, they would Tuesday to assess the situation - a situation which hopefully includes electricity. However, sanitation workers did show up for work on Monday and trash pickup in Point Pleasant went on as scheduled and will continue to do so - delivery will be interrupted on Wednesday due to the Fourth of July holiday. Trash normally picked up on Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday.
Tatterson said despite the storm, crucial city services such as sanitation pickup and water service would not be affected.
Rumors pertaining to the interruption of water service in the City of Point Pleasant spread like wildfire on Saturday. Though the rumor that water would be cut off to city residents was untrue, it was heard by enough people that in excess of 400,000 gallons of water above the normal usage was consumed on Saturday. Tatterson said this rumor was never true and the city water operations remain fully functional and that water is safe to drink. In fact, Tatterson said according to a state agency which recently was in contact with the city after the storm, the city water operations are one of the few in the state which is operating as it normally does on a daily basis.
Mayor Brian Billings also said the city police department and its services have also not been interrupted. He said police officers have been patrolling every ward and he’s heard of no thefts or vandalism after the storm. In fact, Billings said he’s received many calls from residents wanting to help in some way. Billings commended residents and city workers for the way they were handling the storm’s aftermath.
Billings and Tatterson also added the city will reschedule the fireworks which were canceled due the storm. Rescheduling will depend on when the electricity is restored and the availability of the contractor who provided a rain date option for the fireworks. When the fireworks are rescheduled it will be announced in the Point Pleasant Register.