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Newton Police: Wednesday’s Storm Recap of Damage and Closures

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department reported that they received 15 reports of storm related incidents on Wednesday, September 14, when a wind and rain storm blew through the town.

“The reports generally occurred from about 4:30 p.m. until about 7 p.m.,” reported Chief Michael Richards.

The incidents that were called in mostly involved trees down that were causing wires to be detached from utility poles as well as trees falling on vehicles and homes.

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“Roadway flooding was also reported on Rt. 206, Woodside Ave, at the southern end of town, however the roadway remained passable,” Richards said.

The Town of Newton’s Department of Public Works workers helped to keep area roads cleared of debris and tree limbs that were reported in several locations.

 Kenneth Jaekel, the public works supervisor and Adam Vough, the assistant public works supervisor reported some of the damage from the storm at the town council meeting Wednesday night.

“Trees had come down on power lines by Halsted Middle School and JCP&L was called to fix the situation. Newton DPW workers were on the scene ready to help dispose of the trees once the JCP&L corrected the situation. This incident should have no impact on school happening normally tomorrow.” said Vough.

Residents reported downed trees on almost every other street in town. Some residents unfortunately had trees come down on their cars, houses, and even one house on Pine Street had a large branch of a tree come down into their pool.

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