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Wednesday Night: Garwood Sandy Update - Schools Closed, Charging Stations Open

Mayor Quattrocchi says that Halloween has been postponed till Monday. No word on when power will return.

October 31,2012

Update from Mayor Quattrocchi:

"We have set up three locations for residents to charge cell phones, laptops  etc. for as long as the emergency warrants:
1)  Garwood Borough Hall Council Chambers
2)  The Garwood Library
3)  Garwood Police Headquarters

Garwood Schools will remain closed through the end of the week. At this time the plan is to reopen them on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.  Lincoln School does have power, but conditions are such that allowing children to walk to school could pose a hazard with downed wires and unstable trees. Additionally, Westfield has their underpass closed causing additional traffic to use our roadways and underpass, reported Police Chief Bruce Underhill. Arthur L. Johnson High School is also closed for the remainder of the week.

Gov. Chris Christie today signed an executive order to postpone Halloween until Monday because of unsafe conditions throughout New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Garwood, of course is abiding by that order.

We will have our regular garbage and recycling pick-up schedules.

Our residents who commute to the city using NJ Transit services should know that as of 8:30 PM Wednesday  79-80% of bus services are scheduled to be reactivated Thursday. However, the trains/light rail and the Path have suffered extensive damage and it is undetermined when they will be returned to normal service as the tunnels were completely flooded.

The Governors Office has reported that steps have been taken to replenish gasoline supplies, the refineries have shut down as they require electricity as do the pipelines to operate, the priority will continue to be to provide fuel for official and rescue vehicles. Therefore, we urge residents to conserve their fuel supplies while running their generators as fuel has become extremely hard to obtain.

The main question on most minds is when will power be restored to resident’s homes? A complex issue, residents must understand that there are over 2 million customers without power to include hospitals as well as drinking water and waste water facilities. More electrical workers and tree trimmers are coming in from out of state and working hand in hand to restore power but their first priority is to get wires and trees off the roads to ensure access for emergency vehicles.

I am expecting to participate in two telephone conferences Thursday afternoon and trust that at that time we will have a better idea of conditions and what to expect going forward.

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