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West Caldwell Chief: Most Damage I Have Seen

About half of township still without power Monday morning. Trick-or-treating should be done with parents during daylight hours.

Trick-or-treating will be tricky this Halloween with power still out around the Caldwells and properties littered with snow and branches, trees and wires downed by Saturday’s historic October snowstorm.

West Caldwell Police Chief Michael Bramhall said Monday morning he had never seen anything quite like the damage experienced from this unseasonable nor’easter that dumped up to a foot of snow in the Caldwell area.

“This is the most amount of damage I have seen from any storm in my 23 years here,” Bramhall said.

He said although he does not have the authority to cancel Halloween, that if children were to go trick-or-treating they should do it during daylight hours with parental supervision and using extreme caution.

“Always assume that downed wires are live wires,” Bramhall said.

The chief said half the homes in West Caldwell were still without power Monday two days after the storm.

He said trees, branches and wires were down throughout the township. Drivers were manuevering around a tree down on Laurel Place near Washington Avenue, while Westover Avenue near Ravine Avenue was impassable.

Power remained out at and the West Caldwell Plaza Monday morning. The Broadway Square Plaza, where Dunkin’ Donuts and Harmon are located, had power restored at 4 a.m.

A major portion of the upper end of town was still without power with power restored in some spots in the Presidential section of town.

Bramhall reported only minor car accidents as a result of the storm. Street lights were still out off of Passaic Avenue, at Westville Avenue, Terrace Place, Pine Tree Place and Harrison Avenue. The chief said stop signs were placed on the streets off of Passaic Avenue and that a lack of manpower made it impossible to have officers stationed at the intersections without power.

Bramhall estimates as much as 75% of the township was without power Sunday, with as much as 50% still in the dark. The Crane’s Mill complex, which includes assisted living housing, was fully functional due to backup generators, according to Bramhall.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Rick Cahill October 31, 2011 at 02:32 PM
No power on Lombard Drive since Saturday. PSE and G indicates service will be restored 11/2 around noon. Ugh.
Daniel de Jesus October 31, 2011 at 03:10 PM
I'm looking for my dog that is lost here in W Caldwell around Central Ave. It is a black Yorkie. Here's a link with info, please help!! http://caldwells.patch.com/classifieds/lost-dog-on-central-avenue-please-help
Arwen Rosenbaum October 31, 2011 at 03:40 PM
No power on Beverly Rd since Saturday night at 11:20. Three houses north of us, in Fairfield, they have power... Husband reports that power came back for about fifteen seconds this morning, and then there was a loud hum and a bang. Back to nothing.
eileen k October 31, 2011 at 03:59 PM
forest ave. out since saturday around 2pm.
DONNA October 31, 2011 at 05:21 PM
No power on Smull Ave since Saturday either...big smoldering holes in the road from burning wires...no idea when we will get power back..
Arwen Rosenbaum October 31, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Power came back to Beverly Rd this afternoon around 1:30. Thank you, PSE&G!!
Bill November 01, 2011 at 12:09 AM
No power on Westbrook Drive. PSE&G promised my wife full service back by December 2nd- that is not a typo, that is what she was told
Joseph Chen November 01, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Beechtree Road still reports no power. Much of Passaic Ave beyond the Westville Ave intersection and Roseland Ave intersection is still pitch black.
Rick Cahill November 01, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Lombard drive still no power. Stop lights at Pine Tree and Harrison still out. Yesterday driving was dangerous in these areas. Anyone even seen a PSE and G. truck? I saw three parked at the corner of Passaic and Pine Tree doing nothing. Help!
Kevin November 01, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Smull ave was restored last night around 6pm. There were about 10 trucks working all day to restore service. Not sure if all of Smull is restored yet.
Rick Cahill November 01, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Wish they would send one of those trucks our way.
Rick Cahill November 01, 2011 at 02:38 PM
PSE&g website claims that power has been restored to our area. IT HAS NOT! Call 1-800-436-7734 and tell them it has not. You will eventually get a person. Please call.
E.D. November 01, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Haven't even see a PSE&G truck, Verizon or town truck on Washburn, like everyone else, no power, phones, heat, etc. The only ones working are the Essex County trucks. Very disappointed in the fact there are no emergency services unless you go to the police or fire dept. No updates on Patch to keep residents informed. Sad day for Caldwell. Where's the Democrates at work on this problem, on yeah, in the Cedars worrying about where to put the next STOP signs.
anonyomous November 01, 2011 at 03:00 PM
too busy worrying about where the kids will go trick or treating (and I have kids) lets keep pumping more money into community center - they should have been the FIRST on Sunday to offer something to residents (like coffee)

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