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Day 2: Sandy Updates From West Orange

Township officials say 80 percent of township remains without power following Monday storm.

[UPDATED: 8:15 p.m. Tuesday]
Township officials announced the county has imposed a curfew to allow crews to clean up fallen trees and limbs, repair downed wires and make roads accessible to traffic.

Officials issued the following information:

  • A limited state of emergency is now in effect in the township.
  • Stay indoors so crews can continue working on repairing storm-related damage.
  • Use extreme caution if walking or driving is necessary.
  • Broken or hanging branches and downed wires pose significant safety concerns.
  • Call the West Orange Police Department non-emergency number at 973-325-4000 immediately if you see a downed wire.
  • Municipal offices at West Orange Town Hall will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 31.
  • There will be no Garbage Collection or Recycling pickup tomorrow.
  • West Orange public schools will be closed.
  •  Jitney service is suspended until further notice.

New Jersey American Water customers in elevated areas of West Orange may have low-water pressure or no water pressure. Crews will be working overnight to restore power and return service to customers by Wednesday morning.

The storm relief center at Essex County Codey Arena, located at 560 Northfield Ave., is open for anyone who needs help. Accommodations for pets are available.

Also, Halloween will be postponed until further notice. Residents should not under any circumstances trick-or-treat.

[UPDATED: 3:40 p.m. Tuesday]

West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi said about 80 percent of the town remained without power Tuesday afternoon.  

The mayor said a number of major roads are partially closed, including Eagle Rock Avenue, Gregory Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Ave., and numerous side streets are also blocked to traffic.

No major incidents or injuries have been reported in West Orange, the mayor said, although several houses have been damaged by downed trees.

The mayor was waiting for guidance as to whether residents should be planning on trick-or-treating Wednesday.

[UPDATED: 12:40 p.m. Tuesday]

West Orange officials say 80 percent of the township remains without power following Hurricane Sandy Monday night.

Officials issued the following information: 

  • Officials said the shelter at West Orange High School has been closed until further notice because of a power failure. The county shelter at Codey Arena, located at 560 Northfield Ave., remains open
  • The township continues under a limited state of emergency with fallen trees and live wires down in the township, officials said Tuesday. Lights along Route 10 (Mount Pleasant Avenue) are out
  • Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 31 as well.
  • There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Tuesday.
  • Jitney service is suspended until further notice.
  • Officials from NJ American Water Company said residents with water-related issues in the township should call 1-800-272-1325 or visit the company's Facebook page here.

In addition, to report downed power lines, call the West Orange non-emergency desk at (973) 325-4000.

All power outages should be reported directly to PSE&G at (800) 436-7734.

Mom in West Orange October 30, 2012 at 03:25 AM
According to West Orange township website,as of 10:30 pm the shelter at the WO High School had to be closed for lack of power. Only Codey Arena is open.
Alex Giordano October 30, 2012 at 05:51 AM
No power in my home on Mountain Way since 12:00 PM Monday. Seems like every house around me as far as I can see has no power, presumably since same time mine went out, at noon.
Jennifer Tunnicliffe October 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM
We received a message last night that the shelter at WOHS had to close because they lost power.
Leigh-Ann Zaolino October 30, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Mt Pleasant Ave residents near Summit St lost power at 3pm on Monday and have been without power ever since. Tree's are down in the area, portions of the road are closed to traffic
Nina Barszcz October 30, 2012 at 01:31 PM
RidgeVIEW Avenue, not Ridgedale.
Mark Paulson October 30, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Is transportation available for people who need shelter. I know of homeless people who are always dependent of others for rides. Is there information provided for these people if they need to get to a shelter. They need to be able to get to a shelter in order for it to be useful. Please post transportation information if it is available.
Mark Paulson October 31, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I can't see any of the comments.
Peter Strumolo October 31, 2012 at 04:11 AM
It is hard to digest the fact that Edison created the light bulb in West Orange, and PSE&G can't figure out a way to keep it lit. If someone farts it blows transformers and knocks down lines. I suggest that PSE&G be a little more proactive and spend the time and money to secure their equipment, because quite rankly their reaction stinks!
West Oranger October 31, 2012 at 03:29 PM
PSEG had satellite crews ready at several town locations and have been working around the clock to deal with what is a catastrophic storm. It sucks not to have power (or water), but we should be thankful that the town and utilities were as prepared as they could be. We should be more angry when we lose power for no reason, or maybe about the cost of our PSEG bills. But don't complain about this.
Paul Corrigan from West Orange October 31, 2012 at 04:59 PM
No power between Walker and Lawrence. I have yet to see a PSENG truck. Calls to them give me a recording that informs me my power is on. News to me. Phone lines down as well.
Kevin October 31, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Is there anything residents can do to help, if we have time? I'd love to pitch in if possible.
Kevin October 31, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I don't understand what you expect exactly. The storm wasn't exactly a few "farts". Substations are flooded and cannot be brought back on line until they are cleared. Transformers blow during storms. Residents who don't take care of trees on their properties end up crying when their power gets knocked out by a tree. I'm frustrated that I don't have power, but they are working to restore it. What do you suggest they do to "secure their equipment"?
Kate Farrell October 31, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Everyone is frustrated, but it's ridiculous to compare this horrible storm with a fart.
Darren Nurse October 31, 2012 at 09:04 PM
No there has to some degree of ignorance on the part of West Orange officials. If we just went through a storm last that generated similar issues. How could you not have preventive methods in place sounds like we need es to vote another direction. Our taxes are to high for such incompetence behavior.
mitch porigow November 01, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Seems like other towns are back up Why not is
Mom in West Orange November 01, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Folks, Let's all take a deep breath. Down the shore and in Hoboken folks have completely lost homes, lives have been lost, etc. In West Orange, most of us are merely inconvenienced by a lack of heat, electricity and water. The town is responding to the major intersections first and to life threatening conditions. Our mountain ridges and beautiful old trees that make West Orange unique also left us pretty vulnerable to major destruction. Let us help our neighbors and stay out of the way of the folks who are working. Things will be back on track quickly enough.

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