Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing released the following message Thursday afternoon:
Dear Caldwell Residents,
During this difficult time we want to assure you all that we have been and will continue to be in constant contact with PSE&G. During the hurricane the main transfer station that services our area, located in the Ironbound section of Newark, was flooded and rendered useless. Subsequent sub stations across the region also were flooded, compounding the delivery of electric power to our streets.
PSE&G is working to restore and rebuild these sub stations and ultimately to return power to our streets. As of this writing, we have had a few streets come back. They are still telling us that anytime between now and Monday, Nov. 5th our power should be restored.
Just today, while participating in a conference call with Governor Christie and President Obama, we learned of an assistance program that is available to our residents through FEMA. To register call 1-800-621-FEMA. Dollars are available for issues that have come up with our residents through the storm.
If you have an emergency, call 911 to report it. If you have a question you can call the Caldwell Police Desk non-emergency number 973-226-2600. Please do not call 911 for non-emergency issues.
In the meantime, the Caldwell Community Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as a warming center. You can also go there and charge your cell phone. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer showers, as we have no hot water. The Caldwell Library is also open and has WiFi service. They will also charge your cell phone for you.
The downtown restaurants and many shops in the area from Forest Ave to approx. Prospect St., are open for business.
Use your gasoline sparingly. Long lines are depleting the supplies of those stations that are open, so only drive when necessary and consolidate trips or carpool if possible. In the conference call today, President Obama confirmed that the federal government is sending 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 250,000 gallons of gasoline to New Jersey to help meet our demands.
For up-to-the-minute news on the restoration of power, go to www.caldwell-nj.com and register your cell phone for text messages and e-mail address for the latest information from Caldwell Town Hall.
Thank you for your continued patience and please feel free to reach out to me at 973-403-4636 with issues that you need addressed.
Mayor, Borough of Caldwell