WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Police and Fire Departments responded to more than 340 calls during Friday night’s storm, according to Mayor Shelley Brindle.
“We were very fortunate that no individuals suffered life-threatening injuries,” the mayor wrote on the town’s website, www.WestfieldNJ.gov, Saturday evening. “Three moving vehicles were struck by falling branches resulting in two people being transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.”
Three houses in town suffered material damage as a result of the storm, she wrote, with one house declared uninhabitable.
All power should be restored by midnight Sunday, Brindle said. She and Director of Public Works Greg O’Neil, Police Chief David Wayman and Town Administrator Jim Gildea Brindle spoke with PSE&G Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the DPW continues to clear trees from roadways, according to Brindle, and all roads were expected to be reopened by 5 p.m. Sunday.
It may take weeks for the town of Westfield to fully clean up after Friday night’s devastating nor’easter, Brindle said earlier Saturday.
“Please do not leave fallen branches and brush in the street,” Brindle wrote on the town website.
The town’s conservation center is opening few weeks early so that residents can drop off any branches and brush that may have been collected, she wrote. It will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, with permits available for sale to residents. The center does not accept branches larger than 6” in diameter.
“Many thanks to our fire and police who responded to over 340 calls during the storm, and to our DPW crews who worked late last night and have endured a long day today. I was able to see first-hand how hard they’re working when I ran into Vinnie and CJ today!” she wrote. “Thanks to all of our residents for your patience and support. We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.”