DENVILLE, NJ -- As if issues stemming from the COVID-19 crisis were not enough, a new adversity is making things even more challenging in Morris County in the form of Hurricane Isaias.
The weather phenomenon hit Denville Township and surrounding areas in the early morning of August 4. Although it subsided by the late afternoon, it created much havoc nonetheless.
“All of the township’s emergency services are responding to all calls for service,” said Captain Jeffrey Tucker of the Denville Township Police Department.
“In addition, the Department of Public Works is on duty and clearing downed trees from the roadway that are not entangled with power lines. The police department is continuing to work with JCP&L to ensure that all power outages and damaged utility poles and/or lines are being repaired as quickly as possible.”
Currently, JCP&L estimates that 5,287 of its customers within the township are without power. Households without power can charge their devices at the charging station set up at the Denville Township Police Department.
Several reports of homes or vehicles damaged by downed trees have been reported, but no homes have been significantly damaged. Also, no flooding has been reported within the township. Furthermore, no casualties have been reported as a result of the storm.
Numerous streets have been closed due to downed trees, utility poles and/or power lines, with two major closures are Route 10 westbound and Route 53 southbound. Additionally, all or portions of the following streets are currently closed: Alpine Drive, Casterline Road, Cedar Lake West, Cooper Road, Florence Avenue, Highland Trail, Hillcrest Drive, Kitchell Road, Lakewood Drive, Parks Road, Ridgewood Parkway West, Rose Court, Towpath Road, West Glen Road, and Zeek Road.
“On behalf of the Denville Police Department, we would like to thank all of our residents who called in various reports of trees, utility poles, and/or power lines down during the peak and immediate aftermath of the storm, as well as for their patience in having to wait to speak with a dispatcher or to receive a physical response,” said Captain Tucker.
“Between 11:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m., the police and fire department responded to 143 various calls for service related to the storm.”
“We would also like to remind everyone to treat any downed utility wires as a ‘live’ wires and do not go near or touch them. In addition, please do not drive around any cones or barricades that are blocking the street. They have been put in place for the community’s protection due to various safety hazards in or just above the roadway.”
“Lastly, we would also like to thank all of our residents for their continued cooperation during the storm’s aftermath, as we work to get Denville up and running again. Any residents in need of any type of emergency services should continue to call 9-1-1. If needing to report a non-emergency, we ask that residents call our non-emergency phone number (973-627-4900) to make those reports or inquiries.”
For updates on the condition of Denville Township in the wake of Hurricane Isaias, visit the municipal website at http://www.denvillenj.org/, the district Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TownshipOfDenville/, or the Facebook page of the Denville Township Police Department at https://www.facebook.com/denvillepd/.
Editor's Note: TAPinto Denville suffered the consequences of the hurricane and was without power. We apologize for the delay in posting this story.