Police & Fire

Lights Out: Fallen Branch on Lafayette Avenue Causes Chatham Borough Blackout

Branch that fell near 115 Lafayette Avenue caused a blackout in the area Credits: TAP Chatham
High winds knocked this branch onto the power wires on Lafayette Avenue on Monday night, interrupting power to Chatham residents Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - High winds caused a large branch to fall on power wires at 6:33 p.m. Monday night on Lafayette Avenue in the borough, causing a blackout for a number of Chatham residents well into the night.

"The one large branch in front of 115 (Lafayette) is hanging on all those wires," Chatham Police Sergeant Michael Mahoney said. "It affected the power all the way down. It was heavy wind. At least it's not cold out. They said heavy winds are coming in tonight."

Power was knocked out in the neighborhoods above and below the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Chatham Street. For those who bought or installed generators after Superstorm Sandy, this was the perfect time to make use of them.

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"We have Lafayette blocked off from Essex Road all the way up to Orchard and at Chatham Street and Lincoln," Mahoney said. "I'm going to guess that this is going to go on all night. They have so much work to do."

Rob Walton, spokesperson for JCP&L, updates the Borough of Chatham Council on the branch that knocked out power during the council meeting held Monday night


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