March 4, 2018 – Mayor's Storm Update

As of 8pm tonight, there are about 100 homes without power and PSEG is predicting that they will all be restored overnight tonight.

Of the 21 roads that were originally closed, all have reopened except for five which remain closed due to downed wires. PSEG is working through the night to get them reopened. Rahway Ave between Shackamaxon and Shadowlawn remains closed and PSEG is aware that it is near the high school and Edison and they are doing everything they can to get it reopened by morning.

In the event they are not able to, a Nixle alert will be sent and affected residents should allow for extra travel time. Police will be present to ensure that cars and pedestrians take the proper detours to remain safe.  With the emphasis on Rahway Ave, it is unlikely that Clifton Ave and Stevens Ave will be reopened in the morning. Please allow for extra time as necessary.

Many thanks to our DPW crews who did an amazing job of getting the roads cleared in short order, and thanks to all of you for your continued patience.

March 3, 2018 - 5:00pm Update

DPW Chief Greg O’Neil, Police Chief Wayman, Town Administrator Jim Gildea and myself (Mayor Brindle) had a call with PSEG this afternoon to get an update on power and line repairs. 

As of 2:00pm, there were 206 homes without power. All power should be restored by midnight tomorrow. Residents can continue to check the status of outages at which is updated every 15 minutes. Please do not call 9-1-1 to report outages as PSEG already aware. 

Many roads have been reopened with priority given to roads with downed live wires. Trees have been cleared from most roadways and our DPW crews are continuing to work on clearing what remains. All roads should be reopened by 5pm tomorrow.

We are opening the conservation center a few weeks early so that residents can drop off any branches and brush that may have been collected. The center will be open every Saturday from 10-5 and will also be selling permits for residents. As a reminder, the Center doesn’t accept branches that are larger than 6” in diameter. Please do not leave fallen branches and brush in the street. 

We were very fortunate that no individuals suffered life threatening injuries. Three moving vehicles were struck by falling branches resulting in two people being transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Regarding storm damage, three houses suffered material damage with one house declared uninhabitable.

Many thanks to our fire and police who responded to over 340 calls during the storm, and to our DPW crews who worked late last night and have endured a long day today.  I was able to see first hand how hard they’re working when I ran into Vinnie and CJ today!

Thanks to all of our residents for your patience and support. We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available. 

March 2, 2018 – 4:30 p.m. Update

As a result of the high winds and the saturated ground, there are multiple trees and tree branches down in various locations.  The Town has deployed extra police personnel to manage emergencies and localized flooding. The Department of Public Works is working to clear away fallen trees and limbs in the roadways.  The Town is also working with PSE&G to repair any downed power lines.

Please do not approach or drive over any power lines or wires. Assume all are live and call 9-1-1.

March 2, 2018 – Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a High Wind Warning and Flood Watch for Union County. Sustained winds of 25-35 mph are predicted with gusts up to 60 miles an hour. The wind warning is in effect until 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3.

The storm will continue to produce heavy rain and mixed precipitation with the potential for 2 to 4 inches of total rainfall by the time the storm moves out to sea later this evening. Temporary localized roadway flooding is expected as storm water inlets may become overcharged.

The Department of Public Works has been working all week to check as many storm water inlets as possible to make sure they are clear.

The saturated ground and wind gusts have the potential for bringing down utility lines and tree limbs. Power outages are possible.  Residents are reminded to stay clear of any downed power lines and call 9-1-1.

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PSE&G reports that they are prepared to address any power outages:

PSE&G prepares for approaching Nor’easter

Extra personnel and equipment at the ready

 “This storm system has the potential to produce a little bit of everything, so we will be prepared to handle any resulting outages that may occur,” said John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G. “We have additional personnel scheduled and on standby, with auxiliary equipment at the ready for this approaching storm.”

PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious during and after the storm:

  • Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.

Customers should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Also, customers can report outages at or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an “Outage Map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area.

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