North Caldwell Mayor Joseph Alessi reported 100 percent of the borough remains without power Friday after what he called the “worst storm of our lifetime.”
Alessi said full power is expected to be restored by Friday, Nov. 9, more than 10 days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state.
While all major roads have been re-opened, numerous side streets remain blocked off by downed trees and power lines.
The borough plans to bring in generators and generator-powered lights for Election Day next Tuesday, Nov. 6. All four districts in North Caldwell vote at Notre Dame Church.
Notre Dame will co-host a Pizza Potluck for the second night in a row with St. Aloysius Church in Caldwell in the Trinity Academy Gymnasium at 5 p.m. Pizza will be available completely free of charge, and there will also be some other foods and desserts available. Anyone with questions can call 973-226-0221 or visit www.stalscaldwell.org.
Residents are asked to bring branches and tree parts starting this weekend to the town pool parking lot. This service is restricted to residents with valid proof of residency and contractors with a completed “Certification of Source of Debris” form. Forms are available at the North Caldwell Police Department on Gould Avenue or from the borough website (www.northcaldwell.org).
The town’s Department of Public Works will provide a single pickup of branches and debris resulting from the storm, starting Monday. Residents are asked to place debris on the curb line and not in the street being careful not to block sidewalks or fire hydrants. Branches should be neatly stacked; no tree stumps or large logs will be collected.
After each street has been serviced, residents may dispose of during bulk garbage collection days.
Garbage collection has resumed as normal in the borough.
If power is restored soon at the municipal building and fire department, Mayor Alessi said those buildings could open as warming and charging centers.
The borough offices in North Caldwell have been open since Wednesday, but are without power.
North Caldwell residents can register for reverse 9-1-1 updates on the borough's website.