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Storm Cleanup Continuing (with Ongoing Updates)

Christy Potter Kass

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 • 3:23pm

CHATHAM BOROUGH

  • Schools will be closed for the remainder of the week, per Mayor Vaughan.

NEW PROVIDENCE

  • As of 3 p.m., half of the New Providence Business District (Adams and Village shopping centers) has power back. Mayor Brooke Hern says the balance of downtown should have its power restored by later today.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS

  • Power has been restored to the business district.

MILLBURN

  • Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 2, per Superintendent Crisfield.

LIVINGSTON

  • Due to the continuing power outages, downed trees and live wires throughout Livingston, Livingston Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 2.  Please be advised that all school activities and programs are canceled.
     
  • Although power company crews are making progress throughout the State, Essex County was one of the worst hit counties, with Livingston being one of the worst hit municipalities.  As of 1 p.m. this afternoon, only the Mt. Pleasant Complex had power.  The other seven buildings, as well as the Central Office, remain without power. While many of our neighboring districts are partially opening tomorrow, this is not an option for Livingston Public Schools, however it may be an option that is considered later in the week.
     
  • Finally, please remember that since tomorrow's closure will use a third built in snow day, school will be in session for all students on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2011.  There will be an increased security presence at our elementary school polling locations.

MADISON

  • Madison schools will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Please use caution as some roadways still have trees and debris on them.
  • Electrical crews have just resumed working after a much-needed rest. Officials ask for your patience; crews are working 16-hour days.
  • Shunpike Road will be closed at Noe Avenue until 8 p.m. today due to electric crews working in the area.
  • The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts’ fundraiser, Investing in Our Children, has been postponed until next Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 6-8pm. 

SUMMIT

  • Summit Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 2
  • The City of Summit website, www.cityofsummit.org, will have ongoing updates. 
  • To receive official City of Summit emergency communications/updates by phone, email, and/or text, please sign up for CodeRED, the City’s emergency notification system, by going to the City’s website at www.cityofsummit.org and clicking on the CodeRED icon in the upper right hand corner of the home page.  Sign up for Nixle Alert Messages for messages from the Police on your cell phone/email at http://www.nixle.com.
  •  The City of Summit Transfer Station still does not have power.  The lower level of the Transfer Station is open; the upper level is closed.
    • No trash or bulky waste will be accepted on the upper level until the power has     

              been restored.

  • The compost and recycling area of the Transfer Station’s lower level is open for regular operating hours for tree debris, vegetative waste and recyclables (7:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., T-F and 7:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m., S).
  •  Garbage collection is operating, however, there will be some residents’ properties which will not be accessible.  The garbage collectors will make every attempt to go back to those areas later in the week to collect the garbage. The trucks are going directly to Union County Disposal Facility in Rahway to dispose of trash due to the transfer station power outage so trash removal will likely take extra time this week. 
  • A warming and charging station has been opened at Summit Middle School, 272 Morris Avenue – no pets please.  The Department of Community Programs, 100 Morris Avenue, is also open for warming/charging from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily, M-F.
  •  JCP&L reports that restoration of power may take several days.  To get telephone updates from JCP&L, customers must first report their outage by calling (888) 544-4877 or (800) 662-3115.  Currently there were over 7,100 subscribers without power – that’s almost all of Summit.  There continue to be areas throughout the community that have downed trees and live electrical wires creating hazardous conditions.  Residents are urged to stay indoors for their safety.  Police, Fire and DPW continue to respond to trees and wires that are down.

·        Showers at the Summit Area YMCA are available for residents without heat.

·        Leaf Collection and Dial-A-Truck services are postponed until further notice.

  • In an effort to assist the City to make the streets passable and safe, residents are asked to arrange for the disposal of their private tree debris.  The City will continue to cut back debris from public trees and leave it at the City Right-of-Way to be removed as time permits.  If you are removing the debris yourself, you can bring it to the recycling/compost area of the Transfer Station.  Residents arranging for a contractor to remove the debris can come to the Community Services Department (DCS) in City Hall to request a free pass for their contractor.  Any questions, please call DCS at 908-273-6404.

 Safety Tips from the Summit Fire Department:

  • Be extra cautious if you go outside to inspect for damage after a storm.  Downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden by snow, snowdrifts, trees or debris, and could be live.  Never attempt to touch or move downed lines.  Treat a downed wire as a live wire.
     
  • If a tree fell on a house, the first priority is assessing chimney damage.  Chimneys need to be repaired before residents use their fireplace or before their heat is turned back on.  If you believe there is structural damage, please call 908-273-6408 for an inspector to come out and evaluate the damage.
     
  • During cold weather, keep warm safely. Put on extra clothes or wrap up in blankets.  DON'T rely on gas stoves, kerosene space heaters, charcoal grilles or other open-flame heat sources.  Deadly carbon monoxide gas - which is odorless and invisible - may build up in your home without you realizing it.
     
  • The use of candles is strongly discouraged, any candles should be monitored.
     
  • Never use cooking equipment intended for outside use indoors as a heat source or cooking device.  Never use your oven for heat. 
     
  • If utilizing an emergency generator, read, understand and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Always operate emergency generators outdoors and away from any open window.  Make sure your generator is properly installed and grounded. 
     
  • Ensure that Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are working correctly and have fresh batteries. If you are unable to replace your batteries contact the fire department.
     
  • Check your outside fuel and dryer exhaust vents, making sure that they are not obstructed by snow or ice.
     
  • Space heaters need space, so use them in a 3-foot circle of safety; free of anything that may catch fire.  Space heaters are not designed to replace your central heating system; they are only designed to provide a little extra heat on a temporary basis.  So be sure to turn them off when you leave the room or go to bed at night. 
     
  • If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors.  At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets. 
     
  • Let water drip a trickle to prevent pipes from freezing and open cupboards under sinks to let heat circulate around the pipes.
     
  • If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the cold.
     
  • Be a good neighbor and check on the elderly or infirm who live around you.  Ensure you have a well-stocked Emergency Supply Kit in case you lose power for an extended period.  It should include a flashlight, portable radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, first aid kit, prescription drugs, etc.).
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