Persistent Power Outages Close Newton Schools on Monday, 21,541 People in the Dark In Sussex County

Effects of Winter Storm Riley still being felt throughout Sussex County Credits: Jennifer Dericks

NEWTON, NJ – The effects of Friday’s Winter Storm Riley are still being felt in Newton.  Newton schools will be closed on Monday, March 5

The Sussex County Office of Emergency Management "strongly advised" all districts to close on Monday.  The notification cited significant power loss, many downed  trees and power line, as well as issues related to drinking water in some towns. "Complicating these problems are difficult and in some cases impossible travel conditions for buses and cars expected tomorrow," the notification said.

According to JCP&L more than 876 people remain without power.  In several areas trees are down, having taken powerlines down with them.  JCP&L estimates power will be restored by 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. 

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With so many in the dark, Newton has opened a warming center for residents to get warm and charge phones and other devices.  The warming station at Newton Fire House #1 at 22 Mill Street will close at 9 p.m. and the town hall will remain open 24/7.

Sussex County Office of Emergency Management has announced the Sussex County Vocational School at 105 North Church Road in Sparta will be opened as a warming/charging station from noon until 8 p.m. Showers are also available.  Residents need to bring their own hygiene products, according to the county OEM.

JCP&L is offering free water and ice to customers impacted by the outage. 

Water and Ice Locations:

  • Shop Rite, 125 Water Street, Newton
  • Shop Rite, 270 Route 23 N., Franklin
  • Acme, 530 Route 515, Vernon
  • Acme, 152 Route 94, Blairstown
  • Acme, 455 Route 23 N., Sussex
  • Acme, 5734 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge
  • Weis Markets, 142 Route 23, Frankliln
  • Weis Markets, 121 Water Street, Newton

For people outside of Newton, local police can direct residents to area warming stations.  Information is also available at NJ 211 or by dialing 211.

Countywide JCP&L said 21,547 customers, approximately 37 percent, are without power.  Every customer in Sandyston  and Walpack and 99 percent of the customers in Stillwater and Branchville are without power as of Sunday afternoon, according to JCP&L.

The National Weather Service is predicting additional snow for the area beginning on Tuesday night, stretching into Wednesday night.  Predicted snow fall totals are not yet available.

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