GLEN ROCK, NJ - PSEG crews and out-of state utility workers are continuing to work on clearing areas of downed wires after Tropical Storm Isaias, but in several instances, police were put on standby when "numerous persons attempted to drive or walk around police line tape and barricades, risking electrocution."
It's been almost a week since Tropical Storm Isaias hit (August 4) and electricity is coming back online. Could lights have gone back on a bit sooner? Maybe. The lesson here is to steer clear when there are official barricades and downed wires.
The rain, dangerous wind gusts and power outages have not been seen since Superstorm Sandy (October 2012), police said.
"Police, Fire and DPW personnel were fully mobilized and responded to emergency conditions throughout the borough. During the height of the storm and immediately thereafter, police officers responded to 130 reports of emergency conditions, with a response from firefighters required on 29 emergencies. A total of 11 homes were struck by trees and numerous vehicles damaged," police said. No injuries resulted from any of these conditions.
DPW crews continue to be deployed clearing trees, limbs and debris.
"However, in many cases, conditions cannot be attended to until PSEG and out of state utility crews are able to make conditions safe due to many live wires which are down," police said. "At several of the most hazardous locations, police personnel have been placed on standby due to numerous persons who have attempted to drive or walk around police line tape and barricades risking electrocution."