The Week in Review

Hurricane Irene, water and power outages, last days of summer,

What a week for the residents of West Orange — Hurricane Irene's aftermath dominated the news as residents dealt with power outages, lack of water and debris clean-up. Let's take a look back. 


West Orange was littered with fallen trees and power lines as the clean up after storm began. 

Local Patch editors worked around the clock to provide communities with up-to-date information about the storm and recovery efforts. Check out how other towns fared during Irene. 


Residents said though the storm "could have been worse," they were still left to pump out flooded basements and wait for electricity to come back. 

New Jersey American Water placed West Orange under a boil water advisory this week. Left with no power and no drinkable water, how did the seniors at Renna House survive the week? 


By mid-week only 69 homes in West Orange were left without power after thousands were left powerless in Irene's wake. 

A local resident was approved to lead the township's marketing and branding initiative. The 4-1 vote contracted Patrick Sutherland for one year at a fee of $15,000. 


Free water gallons were distributed at the high school, bulk debris drop off centers were set up and emergency personnel continued clean up efforts. 


Residents can again drink the tap water after the .


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