NEWTON, NJ—Tropical Storm Isaias passed over Newton on Tuesday taking down a number of trees but not having much impact on power lines.
“The Newton Department of Public Works responded and moved all of the trees located on Emmons Avenue, Woodside Avenue, Hillside Avenue, Birch Drive, Halsted Street and Maple Avenue, from the roadways,” Newton Police Chief Robert Osborn said.
A tree fell across on Merriam Avenue, pulling down live wires, Osborn said, causing the street to be closed until JCP& L could respond.
“The Newton Police Department received a report of wires sparking on Madison Street and as a result JCP&L advised and the roadway was coned off,” Osborn said.
Nominal flooding was observed throughout town, in the area of 219 Woodside Avenue with flooding to the roadway’s centerline. Osborn said the New Jersey Department of Transportation responded with signs for the area.
As expected Newton’s dispatch center had an increased volume due to numerous calls attributed to the storm from within and outside the town,” according to Osborn.
With all of this activity there were only a few residents who lost power in Newton.
However, Chief Osborn did report that there was no loss of power reported in the Town of Newton.