November 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - An early-morning water main break has closed Redwood Elementary School, located at 75 Redwood Ave., and blocked traffic in the area as New Jersey American Water Company repairs the break. Interim Superintendent James O'Neill was apprised of the situation and made the call to close the school due to dangerous road conditions.
According to the West Orange Police Department, the water main break, which occurred in the area of 54 Woodland Ave., created dangerous road surfaces. Woodland Avenue and surrounding roads in and around the school were "slippery, with icy conditions made worse by leaves." Two West Orange police officers are on site, as well as New Jersey American Water Company.
Residents have been advised to avoid the area as repairs continue.
Editor's Note: The Alternative Press received word from Redwood school this afternoon that school WILL be open on Friday, November 15.