BAYONNE, NJ - The Bayonne Department of Public Works continues to work on cleaning up from Isaias Wednesday. Wind more than rain troubled Bayonne as the remnants of a hurricane that passed through New Jersey yesterday.
“We saw a lot of branches falling and some trees,” said Councilman Neil Carroll. “Public works had people out right away to deal with the more serious problems.” Fire and police departments closed off streets where limbs blocked traffic lanes or brought down power lines.
In a Facebook post Mayor Jimmy Davis reported that hundreds of calls were handled by first responders throughout the day, including for downed trees, wires, limbs, and various other dangerous conditions. Captain James Donovan of the Bayonne Police Department was struck by a falling limb when he reported to the area of West 45th Street. Donovan, according to a statement from the Bayonne Police Department, was pinned underneath the limb and suffered a foot injury that required medical treatment.
“If a power line came down, PSE&G came in and we kept the street closed until they were done,” Carroll said.
The First Ward had three major trees down, mostly in the Bergen Point area.
“We had some problems north of the bridge between 8th and 17th streets,” he said. Some limbs fell onto streets where cars normally parked but were vacant at the time.
“Fallen trees of private property are the responsibility of the property owner,” Carroll said. “But these block the street, we have public works dealing with them.”
Fortunately, the storm brought more wind than rain, which meant the city escaped many of the usual problems associated with flooding. “We had some, but nothing like the past,” Carroll shared. “We alerted Suez a couple of days before the storm hit to keep an eye on areas that are prone to flooding incase drains needed to be cleared.”
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