CRANFORD – Township officials are in full damage assessment and recovery mode. As of last night, PSE&G reports 6,747 Cranford locations without power. Residents should report power outages at their homes to PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-7734.
All downed electrical wires should be treated as if they are live. They may be dormant now, but as zones become energized they may become energized. Officials said that there were over 200 trees with wires entangled with them last night.
New Jersey American Water reports no problems with Cranford’s water supply; however, residents are being asked to conserve to assist the rest of the state’s supply.
Springfield Avenue between Penn Road and Kenilworth Boulevard remains closed due to numerous downed trees and electrical wires. The trees cannot be removed until PSE&G crews respond and make the wires safe for tree crews to work. Officials expect this closure to last for at least 2 more days.
The Cranford Building Department asks residents to contact them directly to report any incident where a tree has fallen into or through a structure (house, business, etc.). Inspectors are available to respond to assess structural damage as needed. Residents should call 1-908-709-7213.
All emergencies and immediately dangerous situations should still be reported to police and fire personnel via 9-1-1.
Cranford residents are asked to keep storm debris branches separate from their leaf piles. When possible, residents should take storm debris to the Conservation Center, which will be open Wednesday through Sunday this week.
Residents should cut branches to manageable lengths of 6-8 feet and continue to keep leaf piles out of the roadway. Officials remind residents that any downed trees on private property are the responsibility of the homeowner.
The emergency shelter will remain open through Thursday.
Municipal Building, Municipal Parking Lot #1, Pool and Library were scheduled to re-open today. The Recreation Center will re-open in its normal capacity on Friday, Nov. 2.
No municipal court is scheduled for today. The Township Committee Official Meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.